He’s listening

When my girls were babies, I learned the meaning of their different cries. I could differentiate between a hungry cry, an “I’m wet” cry, a cry of pain, and a cry of boredom. I’m just a human mom, so how much more must God—who is perfect in every way—recognize the...

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Purified

I read somewhere that to purify silver it must experience extremely high temperatures for a long period of time. A silversmith was asked how he knew when the silver had been purified, and he replied, “When I can see my reflection in it.” This is such a powerful...

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His kingdom

This is one of my favorite verses. God supplies my need, not “out of” but “according to" His riches. When I give, my supply is diminished; when God gives, the supply is never diminished. There is always more for someone else. God bountifully blesses us with supply...

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A sweet essence

Paul received a precious gift from the Philippi believers when he was imprisoned in Rome. He accepted this gift in appreciation and assured the the givers that their debt to him was paid in full. He had introduced them to the Gospel; there is no way of repaying such a...

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Hymn day: “Living for Jesus”

When Paul penned this statement to the believers at Philippi, he was praising the evidence of their spiritual growth based on their willingness to share with him in his time of need. Our willingness to give to the furtherance of God’s kingdom is a reflection of our...

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Reliance on Christ

This is probably one of the most oft-quoted scriptures in the Bible, and more often than not it’s probably quoted out of true context. You see, this strength references a constant infusion of strength to the believer through relation with and dependence upon Christ....

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True contentment

Contentment is something that seems to be in short supply in our world. Our culture doesn’t encourage contentment, but instead pushes us to think we need the newest and biggest and most expensive to be happy. But true contentment—the kind of contentment Paul is...

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Rejoice

Do you notice the repetition here? Think about when you repeat something—it’s usually because it’s important and you want those to whom you’re speaking to hear it. Paul is very clear: we have an obligation to rejoice. Rejoicing can be difficult when you’re in the...

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The Lord is near

There is a dual meaning to the words “The Lord is near.” Paul wanted us to live with the expectation that Jesus could return at any moment. He wanted us to be ready for the trumpet’s call. Secondly, he reminded us that our Lord is already near. My mom used to tell me...

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Hymn day: “Tell It To Jesus”

HYMN DAY! “Tell It To Jesus” by Jeremiah Rankin. (Go ahead and tell Him…He’s listening.) 1 Are you weary, are you heavyhearted? Tell it to Jesus, Tell it to Jesus; Are you grieving over joys departed? Tell it to Jesus alone. Chorus: Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,...

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Wonderful Father

“Do not be anxious…” In other words, don’t wallow in worry. There are times we need to be concerned—this isn’t an invitation to live so cavalierly nothing affects you—but a reminder that we don’t have to carry our concerns alone. We can share them with our Father. We...

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