Joy in Suffering: Joy Grows in Ministry (Philippians 1:3-8)

Are you suffering in a particular area of your life and attempting to go through it alone? Paul wrote about how to experience joy amidst suffering. His teachings hold true for us today, revealing, first, that joy begins with humility (Philippians 1:1-2). Second, Paul tells us that joy grows in community. “I thank my God […]

Joy in Suffering: Joy Begins with Humility (Philippians 1:1-2)

Paul wrote his letter to the church that he helped found in Philippi with the theme of joy amidst suffering. That’s right; it is possible to experience joy even when we suffer. The opposite of joy is despair (anxiety or sorrow), our typical response to suffering. Identify the area in your life where you are […]

God is our Protector, Worry Not

Do you worry about money? When resources go down, we act wisely and generously when we authentically say, “God is our Protector.” Solomon wrote: “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7). In other words, God is our Protector. In order to […]

God is our Purpose, Worship Not

Do you idolize wealth? In order to demonstrate God as our Purpose when our resources increase beyond our commitments, we must be careful to worship not our wealth, rooting out any hint of greed. Greed is worshipping our possessions. Paul called it idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Solomon confirmed that wisdom is more valuable than any temporary […]