{Joy Day 8} Joy in the Faith

I am hard pressed between the two.  My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. Philippians 1:23-26, emphasis added Does your faith bring you joy?   Is your life filled with joy that transcends all things ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 7} To Live Is Christ

 As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.  Yet which I shall choose, I cannot tell. Philippians 1:20-22, emphasis added We've all said it, "The Lord is my top priority."  We mean it, we really do.   We know that our relationship with Christ is ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 6} Christ Is Proclaimed

Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.  The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.  What then?  Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.  Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 5} More Bold to Speak

{I'm very excited to share that Joyful Journey:  28 Days in Philippians is now available for the Kindle and Kindle apps.} I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.  And most of the brothers, having become more confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Philippians ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 4} The Fruit of Righteousness

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so, be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11, emphasis added Our righteousness can only come through Jesus Christ, through His work in us, His strength for us, His grace through us.  Is your life bearing the fruit of His ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 3} Partakers of Grace

It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  For God is my witness how I yearn for you all with affection of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:7-8, emphasis added Are you a partaker of grace?  Sometimes I think we just graze at grace.   Rather than sitting down at the full table the Lord has offered us, we wander around nibbling at the ... [Read More]