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Soul Rest Blogpost

Last week I had a meaningful and very needed week of vacation. A theme of my time away with God and my family was rest. But not just the physical kind. If we are physically tired, we all know what needs to happen...we need sleep. But what do we do for the deeper kind of exhaustion that many people in all stages of life experience? I was recently asked by a newly engaged ...

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When I was a child there was a cartoon that would come on in the afternoons after school on the Family Channel that I loved. I only got to watch it on Thursdays, because Thursdays were piano lesson days. My house out in the country only had an antenna that got two, maybe three channels if the weather was right, but certainly no fun cable channels like the Family Channel. B...

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Hebrews 10:19-22 - 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having o...

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Galatians 1:6-7 - 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel 7 which is really no gospel at all. I'm on a bit of a campaign. A battle, so to speak. It is not new. It is a battle that began in me nineteen years ago, and one I have unfortunately lost too often over the cours...

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Gospel Eyes

On Sunday we will once again use the first Sunday of the month to celebrate communion together as a church. And it could not come at a more needed time. Our world's brokenness has been evident over the past two weeks and we all need to come find healing in the brokenness of Christ. We will use this Sunday to repent and to worship and to listen. But before we get there, I f...

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Philippians 4:5-9

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever ...

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Philippians 4:2-5

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is...

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Philippians 3:17-4:1

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthlythings. But our citizenship is in heaven, an...

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Philippians 3:8b-16

"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 is through faith in Christthe righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christyes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the...

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Philippians 3:4-11

4though 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:5circumcised on the eighth day,of the people of Israel,of the tribe of Benjamin,a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law,a Pharisee;6as to zeal,a persecutor of the church;as to righteousness under the law blameless.7Butwhatever gain I had,I ...

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Philippians 3:1-3

"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." Paul starts this section of scriptur...

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Philippians 2:19-29

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23I hope therefore to sen...

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Philippians 2:12-18

12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.14Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in ...

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Philippians 2:5-11

"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore ...

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Philippians 2:1-4

"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look to only to his ...

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Philippians 1:27-30

"27Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthyof the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firmin the one Spirit,striving togetheras one for the faith of the gospel28without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but th...

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Philippians 1:19-26

"19for I know that through your prayersand God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christwhat has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20I eagerly expectand hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courageso that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,whether by life or by death.21For to me, to live is Christand to die is gain.22I...

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Philippians 1:12-18

"12Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guardand to everyone else that I am in chainsfor Christ.14And because of my chains,most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospe...

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Philippians 1:9-11

"9And this is my prayer: that your lovemay abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11filled with the fruit of righteousnessthat comes through Jesus Christto the glory and praise of God" After his greeting and thanksgiving, Paul gets down to his prayer for...

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Philippians 1:1-8

"Paul and Timothy,servants of Christ Jesus,To all God's holy peoplein Christ Jesus at Philippi,together with the overseersand deacons:2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3I thank my God every time I remember you.4In all my prayers for all of you, I always praywith joy5because of your partnershipin the gospel from the first dayuntil now,6be...

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