Inspired by Philippians 4:10-20 Dear Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel, We have greatly rejoiced in the Lord because it’s very clear you are concerned for us. Indeed, you've always been concerned for our well-being. You've showed it in various ways. Yet you didn't always have opportunity because our needs weren’t always tangible. Sometimes they weren't even noticeable! Our need … Continue reading A Brief Message to Our Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel
Thanks for joining me today, as I interview the Apostle Paul again to help us better understand Philippians 3. Let’s get started.Paul, thanks for joining me again. Can you tell me why you wrote Philippians 3:2-17? To write the same things to the Philippians is no trouble to me and was safe for them. Okay, well … Continue reading An Interview with the Apostle Paul on True Righteousness
A message on Philippians 3:2-11 given to the Brookside Church Senior High Ministry in Omaha, Nebraska. Last week we began a series about our identity called, “Who Am I?” Ryan talked about the importance of knowing that the world is not about us, but that it is about God and his glory. Tonight, we are going to … Continue reading Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Early this morning, a friend texted me and asked a question about 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." His question boiled down to: "How do you grow in grace?" I … Continue reading Growing in grace and knowledge is easier said than done.
Next Wednesday, I'm teaching our high school students at our church on being others-centered. As I am starting to prepare for this message, I can't help restructure my thinking to look like this: We must be Christ-centered, not others-centered. We must be others-oriented, not self-oriented. The problem with being others-centered is that this can lead … Continue reading Christ-centered, Others-oriented
Humility isn't only counting others more important than myself; it's believing that as I grow in humility, pride is closer than ever.
From Morning and Evening "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord." - Philippians 3:8 Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person's acquaintance with Him. No, I must know Him myself; I must know Him on my … Continue reading Weekly Spurgeon
In Hosea 5, God gives a bone-chilling indictment to Israel and Judah. He says, "The spirit of whoredom is within [Israel and Judah]" (v. 4) That's not what you want to hear out of God's mouth. If you read this entire chapter, the outlook doesn't get much better. In fact, it gets worse. Israel will … Continue reading Thirsty? Don’t Drink From the Toilet
Joy in God and sanctification go hand-in-hand. When we enjoy God, we become more sanctified (more Christ-like). Why? The more we enjoy God, the more we become like him because God is the greatest enjoyer of God in the universe. God is completely God-centered. For him to be something-else-centered would make that thing God. If … Continue reading On Joy and Sanctification