{Joy Day 20} Counted as Loss for the Sake of Christ

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 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 3:7-9, emphasis added "Count ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 19} Under the Law Blameless

Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also.  If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness, under the law blameless. Philippians 3:4-6, emphasis added Paul had credentials.   Big time.   And he had been known to use them, to flaunt them, to abuse them.    ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 18} Put No Confidence in the Flesh

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate 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 3:2-3, emphasis added Yesterday, my flesh was a mess.   We had a rough Monday morning ...and by "we," I mean my 11-year-old.  Nothing went smoothly for her ... and, I hate to admit, but this momma did not help matters at all.   Rather than patient, I was ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 17} Rejoice in the Lord

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord.  To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Philippians 3:1, emphasis added It's Monday ... I have a love/hate relationship with Monday.  I love the fresh start Mondays bring but I hate the looming "to do" list that Mondays also brings.  So, today, I choose to rejoice in the Lord ... to keep my list of all the blessings and gifts of this day.   This post will be updated all day long. Many join in the counting of ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 16} Receive Him in the Lord with All Joy

I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.  Indeed he was ill, near to death.  But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again and that I may be less anxious.   ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 15} Genuinely Concerned for Your Welfare

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by the news of you.  For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.  They all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.  But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.  I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. Philippians ... [Read More]