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The Second Sunday of Advent: The Son of the Most High! (Luke 1:26-45)

It is the Second Sunday of Advent and today we shall remember when “the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth to a virgin [whose] name was Mary” (Luke 1:26-27). The angel told her good news! His Name is Jesus Have you ever wondered why the angel told Mary… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Advent: The Son of the Most High! (Luke 1:26-45)

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The First Sunday of Advent: Stay Awake! (Mark 13:33-37)

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means arrival/coming. Even though it starts near the end of our calendar year, it is the start of the Christian calendar year. When we observe Advent, we celebrate the birth (arrival) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a time to retell the… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent: Stay Awake! (Mark 13:33-37)

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Roses and Thorns (Philippians 2:14-18)

Alphonse Karr provided a helpful perspective on the difference between grumbling and gratitude when he said, “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Are you in the habit of grumbling and complaining? It is almost impossible not to complain because there are so many opportunities to… Continue reading Roses and Thorns (Philippians 2:14-18)

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Work Out Your Salvation (Philippians 2:12-13)

When a sentence begins with the word therefore, you need to know what the therefore is there for. Paul, having finished calling the Philippians to imitate Christ’s humility, wrote “Therefore, 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… Continue reading Work Out Your Salvation (Philippians 2:12-13)

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Jesus: Fully God & Fully Man (Philippians 2:5-11)

In Philippians 2:5-11, Paul used Jesus as the perfect example of humility. Jesus humbled Himself by entering our world and further humbled Himself by dying on the cross so that we may be reconciled to the Father. Before we go further into Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we shall dive deeper into what Paul meant… Continue reading Jesus: Fully God & Fully Man (Philippians 2:5-11)

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Exhortation to Humble Service (Philippians 2:1-11)

Humility is a virtue that we usually commend in others. We, on the other hand, are more likely to defend ourselves rather than humble ourselves. We are quick to justify ourselves and our actions because we don’t want to admit our faults. In Philippians, Paul wants the church in Philippi to have a joyful faith… Continue reading Exhortation to Humble Service (Philippians 2:1-11)

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To Live is Christ (Philippians 1:19-26)

In a recent survey of the most common phobias (fears), a few of the most common are: Mysophobia—Fear of Germs, Acrophobia—fear of heights, Ophidiophobia —fear of snakes, and Arachnophobia—fear of spiders. What isn’t always at the top of the list but should be is Thanatophobia—fear of death because the main reason we are afraid of… Continue reading To Live is Christ (Philippians 1:19-26)

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The Gospel Advances (Philippians 1:12-18)

After thanking God for the Philippians’ partnership in the Gospel and praying for them to abound more and more in love with discernment, Paul updated the church in Philippi on what has been happening with him in Rome; letting them know that even though he is in a difficult place, the Gospel advances because God… Continue reading The Gospel Advances (Philippians 1:12-18)

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Thanksgiving & Prayer (Philippians 1:1-11)

This morning we begin a new sermon series on the Letter of Paul to the Philippians. Paul wrote this letter to the Christians/Saints in Philippi while he was imprisoned in Rome. Philippi was an important city to Paul. This was where Lydia was converted, Paul and Silas were imprisoned, and the “Philippian Jailer” was converted… Continue reading Thanksgiving & Prayer (Philippians 1:1-11)

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Grace and Mercy (Philemon)

The Apostle Paul spent much of his later years in prison because of his faith. Most likely, Paul was in Rome when he wrote this letter to Philemon. Rome was hostile to Christianity in the 1st Century and relentlessly persecuted Christians, especially during the reign of Nero (54-68 AD). This letter was probably sent along with… Continue reading Grace and Mercy (Philemon)