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    • June 3, 2018
    • Gratitude
    • Dan Schoepf
    • Paul had a special relationship with the Christians in Philippi and In this passage he encourages us to pray and be thankful no matter our circumstances. Throughout this text he is thankful for the Philippians and their love for him and Timothy. Paul’s joy is obvious, even though he is in jail and we see here that Paul’s Joy is clearly not dependent on his circumstances. A Christian's joy comes from having a personal relationship with Jesus, not relying on his own knowledge and strength.

  • 2

    • June 10, 2018
    • A Single-focus Life
    • Ty Thomas
    • So, what is your life centered around? Family? House? Your job? Nice things? Or something else maybe. The apostle Paul was in prison yet he believed it was no coincidence that he was there, but that he was in chains for Christ. Even while in chains he continued to preach the good news even to the palace guards. Seeing this, it even encouraged his faithful followers to preach more earnestly. What Paul is demonstrating here is his focus on Jesus. To him nothing else matters. Paul was once a wealthy man, but now he is in prison, has lost most if not all his belongings, and he considers it nothing compared to the sacrifice Jesus made. He has but a single focus and that is on Jesus. This is what we should be doing. It’s OK to have nice things, but they must not take the place of Jesus at the center of our life.

  • 3

    • June 17, 2018
    • Life or Death?
    • Dan Schoepf
    • It is easier to be happy and at peace with the world when things are going well for you, Joy on the other hand, is being happy no matter what your circumstances are. Consider the apostle Paul’s situation, locked up in jail and persecuted illegally, he continues to be happy, because he is doing what the Lord has asked of him. It doesn’t matter whether he is dead or alive; if he is alive he can carry on SERVING the Lord, if he is dead he will be WITH the Lord. For him, it’s a win-win situation.

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    • June 24, 2018
    • Life Worthy Of The Gospel
    • Ty Thomas
    • One of the attributes of the apostle Paul is his sense of joy. Not just happiness but pure, unadulterated joy. It did not matter to him whether he was free or in chains,being celebrated or beaten he was always joyful because he was advancing the gospel. Jesus died that we might live, should we too not have that kind of joy? We should conduct ourselves in a way that is worthy of the gospel. We must be brave in the face of those that are against us and be unified in our pursuit to advance the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, for "If God is with us, who or what can stand against us". Around the world Christians are being persecuted for their faith. We must be prepared to do the same.

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    • July 1, 2018
    • Community through Humility
    • Ty Thomas
    • Imitation is considered to be the sincerest form of flattery, and all of this feeds our ego. Paul however reminds us that imitating Jesus is what we should be doing. We should have the same mindset as Jesus. He did not use His position or relationship with God to His own advantage, but put on the cloak of a servant. He humbled Himself even to dying on the cross for our sins. Just as Jesus looked out for our interests, we as Christians should look out for the interests of others. This is true community, when one humbly suppresses one’s own ambitions and desires as we look out for the interests of others.

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    • July 8, 2018
    • Living a Life of Humble Imitation
    • Josué Villatoro
    • Jesus came to earth for a number of reasons: To do the will of the Father, to give eternal life plus a number of others. Today’s lesson deals with “Imitating Christ’s Humility” and the example He set for us all. Jesus, God the Son, came to earth in human form, to give us an example of how Christians should live and behave. Even though He was God, He did not consider Himself better than anyone else, and neither should we doing nothing out of selfish ambition, but in humility consider others better than us. Ouch that stings. Having a mind like Jesus requires that we give up our inward focus and have a caring heart for others.

  • 7

    • July 15, 2018
    • Shine Brightly
    • Andy Emmert
    • Shining brightly is what we as Christians are expected to do, but just what does this mean? Do you have double standards, one set when you’re with Christians and another set when you’re not? Our words, attitudes and deeds should promote unity in our church community not division. Here Paul is telling us to do all things without whining, grumbling and complaining. We are to be joyful, to be the light of the world. Do you remember the children’s Sunday school hymn “This little light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine”? Just like the kids, we must do the same in this dark world

  • 8

    • July 22, 2018
    • Two Great Examples
    • Ty Thomas
    • We all need mentors, role models and good examples. How many times have we been told by our parents to set a good example for our younger siblings? Paul was that role model and “good example” for both Timothy and Epaphroditus. Timothy had a Jewish mother and Greek father which made him an ideal apprentice of Paul. By all accounts, Timothy was a problem solver and showed good leadership among the Gentiles which made him an ideal candidate to be on Paul’s team. Epaphroditus, a messenger sent to Paul with a gift from the church at Philippi, Paul in turn used him as a messenger between himself and Philippi. Paul was the role model, mentor and good example to these two men who served Christ and were concerned for others, and not their own interests

  • 9

    • July 29, 2018
    • That I May Know Him
    • Yenner Wuanti
    • Is your confidence in worldly things that you cannot take with you when you die? The apostle Paul was one of those. After meeting Jesus face to face, so to speak, he made a 180o turnaround and the energy and enthusiasm he put into persecuting Christians he now put into spreading the good news. He was by all accounts a wealthy man, but he lost it all in his quest to spread the Word to the gentiles, and he didn’t care. Right from the Beginning, We were created for relationships. Adam had no mate, and God said this was not good so He created Eve that they may have a relationship with each other and with Him. Do not put your faith in things that can burn or be destroyed, instead work on having an intimate relationship with Jesus and place all your faith and trust in Him who can do all things.

  • 10

    • August 5, 2018
    • What's Your Goal?
    • Bruce Martin
    • Most people have a goal in life and they are not always job related, or even a big, grand objective. Most of us have goals for our life: Go to college, get married, to be an owner of a small lakeside restaurant or maybe to be an astronaut. What’s your goal? Our primary goal should be the same as the apostle Paul’s and that is to know Christ. To really know Christ is to share in His suffering, to die to one’s own self. To be perfect, like Christ, is impossible as we are all sinners but we can strive to be a little more like Him each day. Our ideals and goals should be the same as Paul’s “To know Christ and to make Him known”.

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    • August 12, 2018
    • The Peace of God. The God of Peace
    • Ty Thomas
    • Anxiety is not just a feeling, it is real with many physical and mental symptoms. For instance, nervousness, rapid heart rate, difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about. Anxiety can lead also lead to self destructive thoughts. Paul encourages us to stop fretting or worrying and instead pray. Thank God and let Him know your concerns and His peace will comfort your heart and mind. Lay your cares at the foot of Jesus’ cross, let Him do the heavy lifting for He is best equipped to do something about your worries than anyone else. Paul then encourages us to think on these things: Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and the God of peace will be with you

  • 12

    • August 19, 2018
    • Sure!
    • Dan Schoepf
    • Christians are not above conflict. Conflict within a church is usually personal and many times is caused by misunderstanding. Talking face to face allows one to gauge the reaction of the other person, email, twitter and other social media do not therefore it is much easier to be misunderstood. But conflict will arise regardless; it happened before the advent of technology, it’s going to happen in the future. Get involved, volunteer and serve. In a church as big as ours ALWAYS has a place one can get involved. Proverbs 16:27a “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” is no less true today than when it was penned by Solomon so put aside the excuses, everyone can serve somewhere, there is no shortage of opportunities.

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    • August 26, 2018
    • Contentment, The Best Kept Secret
    • Ty Thomas
    • Our world has never been as wealthy as it is now, speaking from a materialistic point of view. Why then are we in such turmoil? The answer may be simpler than you think. We have lost all sense of direction because our moral compass appears to be defective. Consider the Apostle Paul's situation. After he met Jesus on the road to Emmaus he went from a position of affluence and power, to often being beaten, and humiliated, jailed a number of time, all because he was preaching the Good News. In jail, again, he wrote a letter to the Church at Philippi, thanking them for their gift, at this point he shared that he "...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." This is what we need to do, be thankful and content with what we have and, stop comparing our circumstances with those of others.