Reconcilable Differences

A daily devotion for March 9th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:1-4
Philippians 2:1-4
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Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ...then make my joy complete by being like-minded... (Phil 2:1, 2)

Life Application: Christian unity is one of the great privileges to be appreciated and preserved in His Body. Are we exploring the alternatives to disunity, in order to preserve this precious heritage?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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The Mindset of Christ

A daily devotion for March 10th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8
Philippians 2:5-8
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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Phil 2:5)

Now we come to what I think is the most breath-taking passage in all of Scripture. This passage on the glorification of our Lord Jesus is the Mt. Everest among the mountain peaks of revelation concerning the Person of Christ, the amazing story of how the eternal Son of God stepped out of eternity into time, and became a man as God intended man to be. These few short verses capture some of the most amazing truths that have ever confronted the minds of men.

Life Application: The account of the humility of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is totally counter-intuitive to this world's system, exposing the total folly of our own pride. Have we grasped the transcendent beauty of authentic humility?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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The Way To Peace

A daily devotion for March 11th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:9-11
Philippians 2:9-11
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Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name... (Phil 2:9)

Our Lord Jesus was given in his resurrection and ascension that name which is above every other name that has ever been given in heaven and on earth. It is the name we call Jehovah. It is translated Lord in our English versions of the New Testament. That is exactly what Paul says: and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Life Application: Because of the miracle of Christ's indwelling Presence, Christ's disciples have access to the mind of Christ Himself! Do we value this incomparable treasure, bringing our own thinking under His Lordship?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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God at Work

A daily devotion for March 12th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:12-13
Philippians 2:12-13
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...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Phil 2:12b-13)

Life Application: 'Christ in you' is a mystery which God reveals to His children. Alive in us he harmonizes our choices with both his will and his actions, for his good pleasure. Are we seeking by the tutelage of His Spirit to make choices that conform to God's good pleasure?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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How to Shine

A daily devotion for March 13th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:14-15
Philippians 2:14-15
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Do everything without grumbling or arguing... (Phil 2:14)

Life Application: Do we have a lifestyle of complaint that simply discredits the authenticity of our Christian witness? What is the counterpart to grumbling and argument that will release the Light of Christ in this world's darkness?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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Poured Out

A daily devotion for March 14th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:16-18
Philippians 2:16-18
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And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. (Phil 2:16b)

Life Application: What is our highest goal and our greatest joy in this earth's pilgrimage? Do we need to reaffirm the privilege of a life poured-out in joyful obedience to the One who alone can produce the fruit of His Spirit?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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No One Else Like Him

A daily devotion for March 15th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:19-24
Philippians 2:19-24
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I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. (Phil 2:20)

We meet two friends of the Apostle Paul in this last half of chapter two. These were real men who quite unconsciously display the character of Jesus Christ, excellent examples of all Paul has been writing about.

Life Application: Are we self-satisfied with 'random acts of kindness' which may cost us little? As we consider the incomparable sacrifice of our Lord on our behalf, can we do less than worship Him with all we have and are?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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Helpfulness

A daily devotion for March 16th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:25-30
Philippians 2:25-30
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But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. (Phil 2:25)

Life Application: 'Random acts of kindness' can be self-satisfying, even self-promoting. What is the contrasting source of a life characterized by helpful, un-selfconcious caring for others?

We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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The Crucifixion of Christ

  • Author: Ray C. Stedman
Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
Philippians 2:5-11

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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In our series on the highlights of the life of Jesus, we have come to that which is preeminent above all else; the scene of the crucifixion. I know this story has a perennial power to fascinate the human heart.

The Secret of Humility

  • Author: Ray C. Stedman
Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
Philippians 2:5-11

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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Now we come to what I think is the most breath-taking passage in all of Scripture. This passage on the glorification of our Lord Jesus is the Mt. Everest among the mountain peaks of revelation concerning the Person of Christ, the amazing story of how the eternal Son of God stepped out of eternity into time, and became a man as God intended man to be. These few short verses in this simple little letter written to the believers in Philippi many miles away from Rome, capture some of the most amazing truths that have ever confronted the minds of men.

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