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January 15-16, 2018

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Reading along with us in Philippians? Here’s today’s reading:

Philippians 1 (ESV)

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 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 the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God....Continue Reading

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  1. . 9And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.❤️

  2. Paul’s passion for the gospel flows through this chapter. He first thanks the Philippians for their participation with him in the gospel. He then recognizes that even his imprisonment is beneficial because those who wouldn’t otherwise hear the gospel have. The proclamation of the gospel is so important even if people share it with false motives, it’s still good as long as the gospel is preached. For Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain because his life is focused on the gospel. Presence with Christ is the result of it, and presence on the earth means more opportunities to share it. And he is confident he will stick around and that makes him glad. He concludes the chapter by encouraging the Philippians to live a life worthy of the gospel and to contend as one man to see the gospel furthered and not giving into any fear, even in the midst of suffering.

    May ours and my life be so consumed by the gospel that our whole lives revolve around it as clearly Paul’s life did….

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