Do you have a family member who is heading for destruction, and no matter what you say they won't listen? Do you have a friend who is destroying their life, and you know that if something doesn't change soon it's going to ruin them? If you've been praying for someone to turn their life around and haven't had any success, God has a message for you.
Sometimes life as a Christian is rejoicing and blessing. Sometimes it feels like "we've received a sentence of death," and we "despair of life itself" (2 Cor 1). In those times when life is tough, what is the purpose in our pain?
If people really knew your past, they might be disturbed by what they saw. Your past may be so ugly that even you don't like to think about it. If someone wrote a song about our life story the lyrics might be pretty rough. Fortunately, only God gets to be the songwriter.
(Part five of our series "Philippians")
Paul writes the letter to the Philippian church from prison. He's lost everything, he knows he's headed to his death, and he's now closer to Jesus than he's ever been. But as we'll see, it isn't poverty and jail that brought Paul so close to Jesus.
(Part four of our series "Philippians")
"If we live like Jesus our lives will shine so brightly that the world will have to take notice!" It would be nice if that were true. But living like Jesus really could change the world. We'll see how as we continue our walk through Philippians.
(Part three of our series "Philippians")
When life circumstances arise, we usually try to place them in a category. Are they good or are they bad? The book of Philippians shows us that the question is more complicated than that. Mike brings us part two in our series on the book of Philippians.
(Part two of our series "Philippians")