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Until I came into the sanctuary of God

“… this book brings us into the sanctuary, draws us off from converse with men, with the politicians, philosophers, or disputers of this world, and directs us into communion with God, by solacing and reposing our souls in him, lifting up and letting out our hearts towards him. Thus may we be in the mount with God; and we understand not our interests if we say not, It is good to be here.” From Matthew Henry on the Psalms

Selfless, not self-centered

Studying in the book of Philippians we see the antithesis of a supremacy philosophy, unless it is specifically the supremacy of Christ.

Paul said this in his letter

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

and follows with this example

“Christ Jesus, who … humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

which had this result

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

I was brought back to this again as I studied for small group tonight, looking specifically at Paul’s plea in Philippians 4 to two believers to end their strife. It’s time to stop looking only at my own interests and to make sure they are in line with what is best for others. Whatever I do, it needs to bring honor and glory to God the Father. If that is not my motive, my means, and the outcome, Father forgive me.

But I will sing!

But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love. Psalm 59:16-17

What will you do today?

Feeling better now, thanks!

I really need to quit feeling sorry for myself. I need to remember this:

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. […]

In addition, rejoice in the Lord

Getting ready for small group lesson tomorrow night. This is how the text begins:

“In addition, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a safeguard for you.” Philippians 3:1 CSB

Paul seems to be saying that, no matter what is […]

Words to live by today

Marks of the True Christian:

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. […]

Really? You want me to do what when?

Ever get upset when someone makes a demand on your time that upsets your plans? Tonight’s small group lesson addresses that, among many other things.

“…in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4.

I think […]

Ireland 2017 – we were there!

We’re starting to look back at our vacation, going through the pictures. We saw a lot, and posted a lot of pictures on Facebook, but there were more pictures – trust me on that. Here is a look at the pictures we took on the first day of our trip, as we moved north from […]

14 Words From Jesus

I’m reading through this book by James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken this Easter season. It’s a great reminder of why Jesus said and did the things He did. Here are just a few quotes from the book. The first group is from the traditional seven last words of Christ on the cross.

Psalm 111 – praising God in the congregation

Praise the LORD!

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures […]