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The Lord My Shelter: Philippians 2:1

The safety Christ provides doesn't mean that we'll never be wounded or that we'll never experience pain. But it does mean that our pain and woundedness don't have the last word on us. Jesus does....

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Courage with Christ: Philippians 2:1a

Paul patiently reminds the Philippians that their union with Christ is a larger, invisible, permanent reality that generates bold courage … even in the face of trials. ...

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Tied to Christ: Philippians 2:1a

Paul reminds his friends of their union with Christ because life makes us all forget. There is a deeper reality than we can see: me in Christ and Christ in me....

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Do not be frightened: Philippians 1:28

Fear drives us to foolish action. When we're afraid of people, we don't love very well. And we are called to act out of faith, hope and love ... not out of fear....

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In a Manner Worthy: Philippians 1:27

The gospel of Christ frees us of our need to perform. We have everything we need in Jesus. And the gospel of Christ calls us to engage the world for good. The way we live seriously matters....

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Whatever happens: Philippians 1:27

We all face uncertain futures. And sometimes, that uncertainty brings our priorities to the surface. All of the "whatever" that can happen can force us to confront what's important to us....

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Receiving Grace: Philippians 1:25-26

Recognizing our need for God's grace is essential if we're going to receive God's gift of joy....

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A Channel of Grace: Philippians 1:25

The purpose of Paul's existence - from Paul's perspective - was to serve as a channel of grace to others....

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Endurance: Philippians 1:20

Many of the most powerful answers to prayer involve the provision of strength to endure rather than provision of a path to escape. Your courage may be a sign that God's people are praying for you and that God's Spirit is at work on your behalf....

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Prayer and Outcomes: Philippians 1:19

The cause of much of our prayerlessness is that we have convinced ourselves that our prayers don't effect outcomes....

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Jealousy and The Important Thing: Philippians 1:18

This is one of the great secrets in our battle with jealousy. If you find your jealousy meter ringing uncontrollably, you've discovered something you've pre-decided you needed in order to be joyful. You're not getting it, hence the jealousy....

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Why the deterrent backfired: Philippians 1:14

Suffering wasn't a surprise twist in their story. Suffering was expected, like a deep darkness before a certain dawn....

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A Different Actually: Philippians 1:12

What if God is actually transforming you in the midst of your pain? What if he's having an effect on the lives of people around you as they witness you walk through your dark valley?...

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