Philippians 4:21-23 Farewell Philippians

ALL the saints bid you good-bye

Paul is closing his letter with a farewell to his Philippian friends. In this farewell though, he can’t help squeezing in a little praise report.

This letter from Paul has been a positive one. Very little correction or redirection was involved. He did lightly address discord between two women but that seemed to be minor. The majority of the letter focused on praise.

Paul focused on praise for the support he received from this group. They had been with him from the beginning of his ministry. They were one of the churches he planted on his first missionary journey and they were thriving under the Holy Spirit’s direction. Read more »

Philippians 4:10-20 In All Circumstances

Sometimes He calms the storm, sometimes He calms His child

Paul is taking a moment to say “thank you” for the support he has received from this church body. They have been a great help to him over the years. But regardless of his need or abundance, he has learned to lean on God and be content.

I wonder if Paul ever had an “Elijah moment” (1 Kings 19) where he grumbled at his calling. If he did, we don’t see it. He has had MANY opportunities to become discouraged. Beaten, run out of towns, plotted against, shipwrecked, stoned, in prison, in chains for years without any charges being levied. But he also had MANY opportunities to rejoice. He saw hundreds of people turn to Jesus, performed countless miracles in Jesus’ name, planted and nourished churches all over, stood before kings and rulers while the Holy Spirit provided him with what to say, and personally witnessed and participated in the spread of the Kingdom of God on earth. Read more »

Philippians 4:2-9 Do Not Be Anxious

Focus on praise not problems. That’s how to turn and anxious heart into a thankful heart

Paul is ending with a little encouragement and light redirection. The key point in his exhortation is to be at peace in God, with one another and within one’s self.

When Paul is addressing these two spiritual sisters, Euodia and Syntyche, he tells them “to agree in the Lord” (verse 2). I take it for some reason these two ladies were at loggerheads over something. He didn’t tell them they had to agree about everything but as it pertains to the Lord and His work, he instructed them to come together. They were both helpers to him and had worked alongside him for the gospel. Paul was also certain they were true believers as he said their names were in the book of life. But for some reason they didn’t get along with one another. Read more »

Have really missed our time together

Hi all,

Just wanted to drop a quick note tonight and say I’m sorry for not posting for the last week. I had house guests while my house was being worked on. I didn’t have any quiet time to sit and write. Tonight is a wash because of traveling all day. I will be back tomorrow to pick up where we left off. Thank you for your faithfulness. Sorry mine slipped for so long. 🙂

Philippians 3:12-4:1 I Press On

I want to be this close to Jesus!

Paul is urging his readers to keep growing in Christ and getting closer to Him every day. He uses his walk as an example for them as well as others whom he has pointed out earlier. He also gives another warning about those who are not following the truth.

When I think about this passage I think about a crowd of people around Jesus. Everyone in it is trying to get as close to Him as possible. They are pushing and pressing into each other to gain a little more reach. But in order to get closer to Him in this example they have to push someone else further away. Read more »