Posts tagged with: Philippians

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Jesus and Vulnerability

Our culture values strength and invulnerability. However, Christ calls us to the practice of vulnerability.

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Persevering Encouragement

Gospel reminders between fellow co-laborers keep us focused.

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Cherished Co-Laborers

When we hold other believers dear to us, we find mutual reminders of the ties that bind us together.

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A Very Different Christmas

Whatever you’re feeling today, God is with you in Jesus, Immanuel. So, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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An open Bible and a coffee cup that says "Be still and know that I am God"


I love that the source of peace is God: “the peace of God”.

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Gratitude may give us the grace to grow.

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Our Distinctive Citizenship

On this election day in the United States, millions of Americans will exercise their citizenship by voting. As we do this, let us remember that we are not just citizens of a country. If we are Christians, then we have a citizenship in heaven.

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Ascension of Jesus, Saint Salva Cathedral Belgrade

The Good News of Christian Leadership – Jesus Christ is Lord

The gospel announces that Jesus Christ alone is Lord. And that should give us pause.

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The Good News of Christian Leadership – WWJD?

What would Jesus do? A helpful place to begin answering that question is to reflect on what Jesus has already done. To that end, our text from Philippians 2 provides profound insight.

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St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Findlay, Ohio; Eucharistic stained glass window depicting bread and wine

The Good News of Christian Leadership – Expensive Grace

Jesus’ death on the cross is not just an ugly necessity resulting from humanity’s greatest failure, but – here’s the wonderful surprise – it is the most profound revelation of God’s compassion for his creation. And, perhaps even more surprisingly, Jesus’ self-sacrifice becomes not only a one-time fix for humanity’s greatest problem, but the once-for-all-time demonstration of our intended vocation as human beings.

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Living as Citizens on Earth as in Heaven

According to Philippians 3:20, “our citizenship is in heaven.” This does not mean simply that we get to go to heaven after we die. Rather, it means that we are to live on this earth according to the values of heaven. We are committed to the agenda of the one who is sovereign in heaven, the King of kings and Lord of lords. In all we do, we are to seek God’s justice and mercy, for God’s purposes and glory.

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Living as Citizens of Heaven

As citizens of the United States celebrate Independence Day, we recognize that we have another, supreme citizenship. According to Philippians 3:20, “our citizenship is in heaven.” Thus, while offering thanks for the goodness of our nation, we are not caught in idolatrous nationalism. Rather, we affirm what is good and critique what is not, working as citizens of heaven and earth for God’s justice here and now, even as we long for the ultimate justice of God’s future.

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Vocational Gratitude: Redemption

As we celebrate this Advent Season, reminded again of Jesus’ coming into the world, I want to reflect on the distinctive vision and driving force behind God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ. What was the mindset that Jesus brought to his work in the world? And, what might that say to us about our work as leaders?

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Help Me Help You: Investments That Matter

Your team members came to you with their gifts, talents, and time. They have enhanced your vision, and in some cases even caused it to flourish. And now a few years into the work, one of your stronger team members tells you that they are moving on. What do you do? How do you handle this?

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Gratitude Enhances Your Joy and Guards Your Heart

Gratitude has numerous benefits. Behavior and medical science tell us so. As does the Bible. No doubt we should offer thanks to God because God deserves it, and because it’s the polite thing to do. But when we express our gratitude to God, we also benefit in many ways. In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul writes that he thanks God every time he remembers his church in Philippi (1:3). And when he does this, he does it with joy… always.

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