Summary: I greatly rejoice in our friendship and I thank you for your faithful support for me in this my time of need. But I am rejoicing because I know I am following the will of God for my life.

Philippians Chapter 1 (part 1) – “Thanks for your friendship and support!”

On the lighter side of life: Everyone knows that religion isn’t supposed to make us laugh--precisely why everyone has their favorite religious jokes. Here are some classic Christian singles pick-up lines:

1) Nice bible!

2) I would like to pray with you!

3) You know Jesus, Me too!

4) God told me to come talk to you!

5) I know a church where we could go and talk!

6) How about a hug, sister?

7) Do you need help carrying your bible? It looks heavy.

8) Christians don’t shake hands, Christians gotta hug!

9) Oh you are cold, Ecclesiastes 4:11!

10) Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?

11) What are your plans for tonight? Feel like a bible study?

12) I am here for you!

13) The word says "Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the

hungry", how about dinner?

14) You don’t have an accountability partner? Me neither!

15) You want to come over and watch the 10 commandments tonight?

16) Is it a sin that you stole my heart?

17) Would you happen to know a Christian woman that I could love with all my

heart and wait on hand and foot?

18) Nice bracelet. Who would Jesus date? I, I, mean "What Would Jesus Do!"

19) Do you believe in Divine appointment?

20) Have you ever tried praying at a drive in movie before?

21) Excuse me, I believe one of your ribs belongs to me.

22) My friend told me to come and meet you, he said that you are a

really nice person. I think you know him. Jesus yeah that’s his name.

23) You know they say that you have never really dated, until you

have dated a Christian.

24) Yeah I predicted David over Goliath.

25) What? Friends listen to Amazing Grace in the dark!

26) We have to hold hands when we pray so the circle won’t be broken!

27) God has used you to teach me what true love really is.

28) Christians kiss before parting -- it’s an old Jewish tradition.

Also: From a guy named Jim

1. I didn’t believe in predestination till I met you!

2. I’ll turn the other cheek for you, if you’ll turn yours to me!

3. When they designed those Precious Moment figurines, I’ll bet you were the model.

4. I have an extra dove pin. Want me to pin it on you?

5. Love is patient and kind, you know. If you’ll be patient, I’ll be kind.

6. Let’s read the Bible together tonight. How about the Song of Solomon?

From website:

Scripture Text: Philippians 1:1-30:

1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. 12Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. 15It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me. 27Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel 28without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, 30since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

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