1. Besetting Sins Will Not Win in the End
    10 Oct, 2018
    Besetting Sins Will Not Win in the End
    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6   A friend of mine once showed me the Calvin and Hobbes comic above and said, "That's my sanctification!" I get what he meant. Calvin didn't put a rock in the snowball the way he wanted to, but he still threw the snowball. In a similar way, we may not be as bad as we could be, but there's still a lot more growth needed in our lives. And that leads me to what
  2. The Winding River Still Flows into the Sea
    06 Aug, 2018
    The Winding River Still Flows into the Sea
    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6  In his book, You Can Change: God's Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions, Tim Chester gives the following illustration . . . The Mississippi River twists and turns, sometimes in inexplicable ways.  But inexorably and inevitably its water reaches the sea.  Sometimes Christians flow away from God, but still we move downstream toward the
  3. Not Having a Righteousness of My Own
    13 Jul, 2017
    Not Having a Righteousness of My Own
    Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith-  Philippians 3:8-9 I still remember the day these verses penetrated my heart in a profound way.  I was
  4. Trusting in Trash?
    02 May, 2017
    Trusting in Trash?
    But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:7-8 Philippians 3 is one of my favorite passages in Scripture because it focuses me on what is most important. This passage has become a compass of sorts for me to point me to true north. And it's in
  5. No Confidence in the Flesh
    31 Oct, 2016
    No Confidence in the Flesh
    For we are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3 One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in Philippians chapter 3. This chapter has been a huge influence on me and has helped me out numerous times in my life. In fact, I come back to Paul's words in this passage often because I need his Spirit-inspired words.  It need those words because they help me focus when I'm confused about what life
  6. Anxiety
    14 Oct, 2016
    Anxiety
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 I know what it's like to feel anxious. That uneasy feeling in the pit of the stomach. The raise in heart rate. The tension in my neck and shoulders. The mental distress and worry.   Yep, I'm all too familiar with it. And so