Philippians Resolutions: Philippians 2:14

I seldom notice how much I grumble, until it is pointed out to me. It says much about the sin nature just how seldom we are thankful for what we are given, and how often we grumble about our petty little discontents.

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Do all things without grumbling or disputing.

Resolution: I resolve to not grumble or complain against things in my heart or out loud to those around me. I resolve, instead, to speak thankfulness when and where I can.

This may be one of the shortest verses in Philippians, yet it delivers a lot. It delivers more than what we may bargain for. As believers we can be guilty of copying the world around us in the most outrageous ways, such as slavery, but not everything is that blatant. Sometimes the way we copy seems small, appears subtle, but is dangerous to our witness for Christ Jesus.

I speak often about American culture, but I know no other culture to speak of, so there is that. I know that, as I look on social media, as I listen to conversations, whether it is Christians or those who do not trust in…

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Exhaustion-A Rant

As usual, Chris is right on the money!

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“Exhaustion”.

Meaning: “Exhause” from the Latin, which means, “I am so friggin done with this mess.”

No, this is not true. It is not even remotely true, at least not origin of the word. However, the feeling is there. I teach in a high school. I pastor, yes, pastor and shepherd the young feelings and emotions of students ages 14-18, but most of the time 14-15. They are fragile creatures, which should come with a sign that says, “Fragile: Handle with care”. Bullying takes place often. It is painful to watch their hopelessness and pain when it comes from their peers. Why? Because, on a subconscious level, I think bullying hurts more when it comes from your own. They can talk back to teachers all day long, and, yes, I am sure it does take a toll on them to feel like they are not liked by teachers. But you…

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Free Speech, Sex Recession, and Our Strange New Public Square

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A few years ago, Bill Maher appeared on the (now shuttered) Charlie Rose Show. Maher is one of the smugger, less sufferable “New atheist” types, and has more or less made a lucrative career out of representing conservatives and religious people, especially Christians, as idiots at best and theocrats at worst. So it was a bit surprising to see a clip from his interview with Charlie Rose getting passed around with enthusiasm amongst many conservative (and Christian) politicos.

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Of Walls and Scripture

It doesn’t get much more relevant than this!

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I was on Facebook, which may have been problem number one, when I came across this specific picture for the fourth or fifth time:

Now, I get it. It seems like on its face it would be true, right. However, here’s the thing, we can bend scripture the other way as well. Matthew 16:18 says the following

And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah! For flesh and blood did has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

We see, then, from this verse, that Hell has gates, but what about heaven?

By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be…

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Philippians Resolutions: Philippians 1:15

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Some, indeed, preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. –Philippians 1:15

Resolution: Resolved to guard my heart against envy of another servant of Christ by being consciously thankful to God for their ministry, their gifts to the Body, and how God chooses to use them.

In the end, there are two types of preachers. There are those who preach and teach with “good will”, seeking to make Christ known, and there are those who do so for any other reason. Paul mentions the two here, and while the second group is easier to understand, the first group concerns my resolution, rebuking my heart when I feel envy and rivalry, and correcting it back on to the right path. It is interesting that both groups do, outwardly, what Jesus would call us to do, they preach the gospel, maybe even with the same fervor and passion as…

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Philippians Resolutions: Philippians 1:13

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so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.–Philippians 1:13

Resolved to look into each trial I face, each situation where someone speaks or does something against me, to see if it takes place because I am following Christ closely or because my own sin against them or someone else.

Now, concerning the resolution above, I realize that sometimes hard situations simply come and neither of these two may be the reason they come. In those times we may or may not know the direct reason those things are taking place. Not every situation can be so dissected successfully, but I believe that, in my own life, I can benefit from doing this much more than I currently do.

What strikes me, in Paul’s case, is that everyone around him knew why he was in this situation…

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