December 12, 2019

Philippians 1:18-19 – I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out… In our study of Philippians, we have established that the main theme is joy as words such as joy and rejoice appear some 19 times in the 104 verses of the little book. The first time I preached through Philippians verse-by-verse was around a dozen years ago. In hindsight, I believe I could have… Read more

December 11, 2019

Philippians 1:12-14 – I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Our planet has more people than ever, and oddly enough more loneliness… Read more

December 10, 2019

Philippians 1:6-11 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with… Read more

December 9, 2019

At some point, every child finds out that Santa isn’t real. So how do you resolve the Santa dilemma with your kids? You can tell them the truth – and risk them sharing it with their friends and getting a whole bunch of parents mad at you. Or you can say he’s real – and they might get mad at you later for telling them stuff that isn’t true! Watch my special Santa edition of Ask Pastor Mark for my… Read more

December 9, 2019

Philippians 1:1-5 – Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  Tis the season when people… Read more

December 6, 2019

Philippians 1:1 – To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi If you had to pick one word to describe how God sees you, which word would you pick? Most people, I would presume, would say that God sees them as a “sinner”. God sees you as a “saint”. This might be shocking and is likely not something you would feel comfortable adding to your social media profile, but it is true. As a saint, we Christians are declared… Read more

December 5, 2019

Philippians 1:1-2 – Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  The average person checks their phone roughly 100 times a day. Why? Because it continually provides updated information through innumerable platforms. But, have you ever stopped to ask what, out of everything you could know, you really must know? Perhaps the… Read more

December 4, 2019

Philippians 1:1 – Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons  If you are a Christian, you likely attend a church. As you see all that God has done for, in, and through your church consider for a moment that at some point your church did not exist. Every church was planted by a group of people who gathered under a leader to start a… Read more

December 3, 2019

Since Congressional approval on July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence has guided American life: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Did you catch the difference between the guarantee of our rights, but no guarantee of our happiness? You are free to pursue happiness, but it often feels like a wild… Read more

December 2, 2019

The holiday season is supposed to be a joyful one. We are reminded of this fact every time we are shopping at the store or sitting in church to hear the seasonal festive song “Joy to the World”. But, if we are honest, joy is often the one gift we want but don’t get for the holidays. One poll found the following (1): 88% of people feel stressed during the holidays 56% of people bite their lip with family during… Read more

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