Whatever things are of good reportNovember 14, 2016 in Bible - NT - Philippians, Bible - OT - Psalms, Confession, Meditations, Worship
No Confidence in the FleshNovember 1, 2016 in Bible - NT - Philippians, Ecclesiology, Politics, Quotations
“The person who puts confidence in the flesh says, ‘Belonging to my tribe and observing my ritual make me secure in my relationship with God.’ In contrast to those who put such confidence in the flesh, the true people of God, the circumcision, put no confidence in national status and religious ceremony. Boasting in Christ Jesus excludes putting confidence in the flesh. Although national identities and sacred ceremonies are not viewed as bad in themselves, they are rejected as the foundation for one’s relationship with God or with fellow believers.”
G. Walter Hansen, The Letter to the Philippians, p. 222.
Whatever Things are PureOctober 30, 2016 in Bible - NT - Philippians, Bible - OT - Job, Bible - OT - Psalms, Holy Spirit, Justification, Meditations
- “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness…?” (Exodus 15:11)
- “No one is holy like the LORD….” (1 Samuel 2:2)
- “Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His footstool— He is holy.”(Psalm 99:5)
Because God is pure, the world as He originally created it was pure. “God made man upright but he has sought out many schemes.” (Eccl. 7:29) God made us upright; He made us pure. We were fashioned to worship Him alone not idols; to speak pure words not lies; to be generous not greedy; to be sexually pure not lustful.
Whatever Things are JustOctober 23, 2016 in Bible - NT - Philippians, Bible - OT - Deuteronomy, Bible - OT - Psalms, Judgment, Justification, Meditations
Whatever Things are NobleOctober 17, 2016 in Bible - NT - Philippians, Depravity, King Jesus, Meditations, Politics, Sanctification, Sexuality, Sin
I have three tame ducks in my back yard,Who wallow in the mud, and try real hardTo get their share and even moreof the overflowing backyard store.They’re fairly content with the task they’re atOf eating and sleeping and getting fat.But when the wild ducks fly byIn a streaming line across the sky,They cast a wishful and quizzical eyeAnd flap their wings and attempt to fly.I think my soul is a tame old duckWallowing around in the barnyard muck,It’s fat and lazy with useless wingsBut, once in awhile when the north wind singsAnd the wild ducks hurtle overheadIt remembers something lost and almost dead,And it casts a wistful eyeAnd flaps its wings and tries to fly.It’s fairly content with the state that it’s in
But it isn’t the duck that it might have been!
Whatever Things are TrueOctober 9, 2016 in Apologetics, Bible - NT - Philippians, Bible - NT - Romans, Bible - OT - Psalms, Meditations, Politics, Sanctification, Sexuality
Meditate on These ThingsOctober 3, 2016 in Bible - NT - Philippians, Bible - NT - Romans, Meditations, Truth, Word of God
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.