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Behavior Proves Citizenship

Philippians 2:17-21(NIV)  
17  But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.

18  So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. 

19  I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 

20  I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
21  For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.  

 

In this context Paul contrasts those whose appetite is their god and who glory in their shame with those whose citizenship is in heaven. He, of course, exhorts us to “join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us” v. 17.  He warns against following those whose appetite is their god.  Who would that be today?


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His Heart Is In The Wrong Place

Lesson Text:  “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, And my heart was moved for him” (Song of Solomon 5:4). 

News reports say that Randy Foye’s (starting guard for the Denver Nuggets), heart is in the wrong place.  Literally.  It is not tilted toward the left side like it is in most people. It is tilted to the right.


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Giving Up Misunderstanding For Truth

“. . .when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ” (Eph 3:4b NASU).

“That’s what my parents believed, and if it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.”  This is something that sticks with me ever since I heard the lady tell me that she would never question her infant baptism because her parents believed it was right, although the Bible clearly teaches only immersion as baptism.


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