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January 19-20, 2018

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

Philippians 3 (ESV)

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead...Continue Reading

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  1. 19Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.❣

  2. Have you ever considered the confidence you have in the flesh? Not sinful things in this case, but things we think we should be recognized or regarded for, what makes us special, the talents and gifts we might have, our wealth or position and such like that. Well how much are those things the reference point of our lives, or the things we pursue. Clearly Paul here learned the value of setting those things aside If they were a distraction for getting to know Christ because certainly He is the ultimate truth, the ultimate value, the ultimate pursuit. May we all have this heart to pursue Christ, to knw Him and his power and even be willing t0 share in His sufferings as Paul says here.

    Yes let’s press on for the goal, forgetting what is behind (what a provision of grace and mercy that is) and straining toward what is ahead. And don’t be dragged down by what you haven’t attained, just live up to what you have attained in knowledge, power and obedience and keep moving forward ( have you ever seen the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons?)

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