Wherever We Go

The apostle Paul was under house arrest in prison when he was writing to the Philippians. Paul used those circumstances to talk to people about Jesus. He wrote:

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. – Philippians 1:12-14 (NIV)

Paul’s imprisonment had positive effects. First, he was able to spread the good news of Jesus to more people. Secondly, his imprisonment actually encouraged other believers. It is a good reminder that we need to talk about Jesus Christ wherever we go. No matter what we’re going through, we still have hope and forgiveness that comes through Jesus. His love never changes and never fails.

A Prayer For Love

Paul told the Philippians that he was thankful to God for them and their generosity toward his ministry. Then, he told them about a specific prayer he was praying for them. He wrote:

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. – Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)

This is the kind of prayer we should be praying in the church today. Jesus said that the world would know that we belong to Him by the love we have for one another. We need an abundance of love for each other. We need our love to grow because love changes lives. Jesus works through the love of His people for one another to change the world. Pray today for your church that God would increase the love so that people will know that Jesus is real and we belong to Him.

Sharing In God’s Grace

When you give to the work of God’s Kingdom, it makes a real difference in the lives of people. The apostle Paul had received a gift from the Philippians and was overwhelmed by their generosity. He praised them and thanked them in his letter to them. He wrote:

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:7-8 (NIV)

He said that they “share in God’s grace with me.” When we give our offerings to the Lord, we are sharing in the grace of God. Giving is a partnership between God and His people. We’re not just paying bills or salaries. We’re partnering with God to show His love to the world. The next time you give your offering, remember that your gifts are changing lives for the glory of God.

Not Done Yet

Sometimes it feels like we’re not getting anywhere in our faith. It seems like we’re just spinning our wheels. We want to do better. We want to grow spiritually, but we’re just stuck. It feels like the harder we try, the more we get stuck. Paul told the Philippians that God wasn’t finished with them yet.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:4-6 (NIV)

Remember that God started the work of spiritual transformation in you and it is HE who will bring it to completion when Christ returns. We are works in progress and God’s not done with us yet. The next time you feel like you’re not getting anywhere, remember that God won’t give up on you. He will keep working in your life to make you into the person He wants you to become. Trust Him to complete the work that He began in you.

Thankful In Prayer

Who are the people in your life that you are most thankful for? Why are you thankful for them? Did they make an impression on you? Did they pour themselves into you? Did they teach you some important truth? Did they give of themselves to you? Think about the person who has had the most influence in your life for the past few years or so. The apostle Paul had a group of people for whom he was especially thankful. He wrote:

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 I thank my God every time I remember you.

​ – Philippians 1:1-3 (NIV)​
When we look back and think about those people who have left an indelible mark in our lives, we should remember to thank God for them. God brought them into our lives, even if only for a season, to help us or point us in the right direction. Take a moment today to thank the Lord for that person who comes to mind.

What Children Need

Here is the link to the Father’s Day message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 3:13-17.


The God Who Holds Your Hand

God’s people were in captivity and there were reports of a nation from the east, the Persians, who were conquering other nations. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to comfort His people and to prophesy the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem. God tells His people that He is with them and will help them. Isaiah wrote:

For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

God doesn’t change. God is completely aware of and in control of your situation. He is still God. This is the same God who holds your hand and reassures you of His love. He comforts you when you are afraid. He helps you when you are in need. So do not fear the situation you’re facing today. Do not fear the future. God is with you and He will help you. Trust Him to do what He knows is best and when He does, thank Him and praise Him for His goodness.

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