Contributed on Jun 11, 2015
Have you ever, even for a moment, wished you were someone else? Have you ever worried that your life, at its end, would be one of insignificance? Have you ever wondered if you’ll ever measure up? Such thoughts can be crippling. Paul has the antidote.
“Living a Joy-full Life: Be Who You Are” Phil. 1:1-11 Have you ever, even for a moment, wished you were someone else? Have you ever worried that your life, at its end, would be one of insignificance? Have you ever wondered if you’ll ever measure up? Such thoughts can be ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2015
What is in our minds largely determines our perspective. What we think influences what we see.
“Living A Joy-Full Life: Furnish Your Memory” Phil. 3:17-21 What is in our minds largely determines our perspective. What we think influences what we see. For example, look at these words on the screen. WOMAN WITHOUT HER MAN IS A SAVAGE. What’s in your mind will determine how ...read more
Contributed on Sep 1, 2015
So how are your investments doing?
“Living a Joy-full Life: Make Good Investments” Phil 4:14-23 So how are your investments doing? It’s more than likely that you immediately thought about your financial investments. And why not? Investment advice is everywhere – radio, television, newspapers, magazine ...read more
Contributed on Aug 18, 2015
So often we cry over what we don't have - never realizing that we might cry just as hard if we had it. It's important to learn to be content.
“Living A Joy-full Life: Live with Contentment” Phil. 4:10-13 Two little teardrops were floating down the river of life. One teardrop asked the other, “Who are you?” “I am a teardrop from a girl who loved a man and lost him. But who are you?” The first ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2015
How do you respond , what do you do when tribulation, trials, or difficult times attach themselves to your life? Do you tribulate or rejoice?
“Living a Joy-full Life: Control Your Stress” Phil. 4:1-9 I love the old story about a devout servant who was agonizing excessively over a certain experience when she was asked by her mistress, “Why do you agonize so long and so deeply over your misfortune? After all, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2015
With Jesus at the helm of his life's ship Paul had a bountiful supply of assets for living above his circumstances.
“Living a Joy-full Life; Use Your Assets” Phil. 1:12-30 In Acts chapter 3 John and Peter are about to enter the temple courts when a crippled beggar asks them for money. Peter’s response is fabulous! “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2015
It is a human tendency to believe that conflict is always the fualt of someone else. Paul knew better.
“Living A Joy-full Life: Strengthening Your Union: Phil. 2:1-4 There’s a classic For Better or For Worse cartoon. Frame 1 – Husband says, “Should I put on some tea, honey?” “Sure.” Frame 2 – “But not in that pot!!” Frame 3 – ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2015
Our attitudes flow from our minds - so our mindset is critically important.
“”Living a Joy-full Life: Develop A Healthy Attitude” Phil. 2:5-11 Dr. Norman Vincent Peale once walked by a tattoo parlor in Hong Kong. In the shop window there was a display of decorations that could be imprinted on one’s skin – flags, patriotic slogans, anchors, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 16, 2015
Paul had two good friends who sustained him and strengthened his relationship with the Philippians. They were friends with each other because they were first friends with Jesus. Friendship with Jesus is a beautiful thing.
“Living A Joy-full Life: Cherish Friendship” Phil. 2:19-30; John 15:9-17 Developing and having good friendships is an important element in living a joy-full life. In the latter verses of Philippians 2 we get a glimpse of the joy such friendships brought to Paul. His friendship with ...read more
Contributed on Jul 23, 2015
We either believe that Jesus Christ alone is sufficient for a life of faith or He is not.
“Living a Joy-Full Life: Know Your Profits and Losses” Phil. 3:1-11 I recall a conversation that took place during a Consistory meeting of another church I served. It was about requirements for who should serve on Consistory. Some wanted to add guidelines to what the Scriptures have ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2015
The past is done, the future has not yet happened - so the present moment is important.
“Living a Joy-full Life: Developing a Race Strategy” Phil. 3:12-16 English author Storm Jameson once said, “I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present. Most of us spend 59 minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for ...read more