2 Kings 22-23, Psalm 121, Luke 6:43-49, Philippians 4:8-13 Philippians 4:8-13: Paul here gives the Philippians (and us) two great pieces of advice – one by means of exhortation and the other by means of personal example. His exhortation is simple: what is true (honorable, just, pure, lovely – he keeps on heaping up the…

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2 Kings 20-21, Psalm 120, Luke 6:37-42, Philippians 4:1-7 Philippians 4:1-7: Paul has given the Philippians a strong exhortation to Christian maturity and rejoicing in the Lord and continuing to strive for that which is heavenward for them in Christ Jesus. No resting on your laurels! How do you “stand firm in the Lord”? By…

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2 Kings 18-19, Psalm 119:169-176, Luke 6:27-36, Philippians 3:15-21   Philippians 3:15-21: Paul has been calling the Philippians to a life of joy, to rejoicing in the Lord, utilizing the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus, and then his own example, to focus on heaven and strive towards heaven. Now he tells them even more explicitly…

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2 Kings 16-17, Psalm 119:161-168, Luke 6:17-26, Philippians 3:10-14 Philippians 3:10-14: Paul is continuing his fight against legalism by urging the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord — not in some simplistic, sentimental way, but profoundly and deeply and truly. Now, Paul takes the trajectory of such joy in Christ into the future. He reveals…

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2 Kings 14-15, Psalm 119:153-160, Luke 6:1-16, Philippians 3:1-9 Philippians 3:1-9: Legalism is a great enemy to joy. Technically, legalism is the teaching that – in one way or another – tells you that the way to be saved is by obeying the law. Many non-Christian religions basically teach a form of legalism. But legalism…

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2 Kings 12-13, Psalm 119:145-152, Luke 5:33-39, Philippians 2:19-30 Philippians 2:19-30: Paul here presents two models of what it means to be a Christian disciple. First we have Timothy, and then Epaphroditus. Timothy is notable for his genuineness. Paul says that he has “no one else like him.” What made Timothy so distinct and so special? He had…

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2 Kings 10-11, Psalm 119:137-144, Luke 5:27-32, Philippians 2:12-18 Philippians 2:12-18: What is the right model for Christian action? Paul has said in the previous passage that the right model is based in the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our mindset – our attitude and approach to life – should be modeled after that which Christ…

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2 Kings 8-9, Psalm 119:129-136, Luke 5:17-26, Philippians 2:1-11 Philippians 2:1-11: What is the right model for our relationships with one another? According to Paul, the key is to “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” What does this mean in practice? First, focus on what Christ has done: The encouragement from being united with Christ. The comfort…

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2 Kings 6-7; Psalm 119:121-128; Luke 5:12-16; Philippians 1:21-30 Philippians 1:21-30: Who a person truly is and what they stand for are often revealed in extremity. How are we to live when we are faced with real difficulty or are under real pressure? What are the principles by which we should guard our lives and orientate our journey…

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2 Kings 4-5, Psalm 119:113-120, Luke 5:1-11, Philippians 1:12-20 Philippians 1:12-20: What do you do when people say nasty things about you, attack you, or criticize you? What do you do when someone takes the work that you have been doing and behind your back undermines it and attempts to take that work away from you? In such…

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