Paul lived as he did because he knew how to evaluate things. He was like an expert jeweler with a special eyeglass who would look closely at diamonds placed in front of him and say, “this one is a piece of rubbish” but “this one is priceless”.
How could Paul live the way he lived? Did he take pleasure in it? I think not. Paul considered all things loss and did indeed suffer the loss of all things because of two things. Today, we will find out what they are!
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.
Do you boast in Christ Jesus? Or do you have a tendency to boast in yourself? It’s so easy to slip into self-boasting and to forget that our glory is in the Lord.
From time to time I have people from a certain cult who come knocking on my door offering me literature and a way to find peace through Jehovah. Do you know how much enticement that is to me? Zero! None! They have no pull on me because I know who Christ is!
Paul had a warning for the church in Philippi. Paul had a warning for the church today. Beware of those who corrupt the Gospel. Stand firm for the truth of the gospel of the grace of God for all people equally.
A great man once said, “Paul had enough morality to keep himself out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get himself into heaven!” What about you?
It’s so easy to follow Christ when the crowds are watching and the deeds are noble and heroic. But what about when no one is watching and the works we do are small – like mowing the lawn, setting up the coffee, sweeping the floor, or collecting the offering? Nothing is small or insignificant if it is done for Jesus.
Are you a Philippians 1:21 Christian or a Philippians 2:21 Christian? What’s the difference? Listen today and find out. It may change your life!
God wants to show you off to the world. He wants to say, “look at my children. These are my children that I have purchased.”
Are you experiencing conflict in your life? Perhaps with your spouse or children. Maybe it is with other church members or someone at work. How do you want them to be toward you? How do you want them to act? What kind of attitude do you want them to have? Whatever it is, you must model it.
Without God, there is no basis for morality and justice among people. Without God, we are left only with preferences and there is no right or wrong.
Have you ever been in situations where you felt out of place, you felt like you didn’t belong, and were uncomfortable? You will never feel that when you are with Christ. You will be in the place where you belong, the place you were made for – the presence of God.
Is it possible that every man in a church can learn to teach and should learn to teach? I thought that was a spiritual gift? Listen today and learn how this can become a reality in your life and a vital area of character growth.
One a gracious, Jewish woman, the other was a Gentile slave-girl possessed with the spirit of the demon-god Python. You could not have a greater difference between the two and yet God used both to open the doors of Europe for the Gospel of Christ. Listen today and find out how he did it.