Hallmarks of a Healthy Church

September 14, 2021

The church is made up of imperfect people, which means there will be times we disagree with one another. The apostle Paul's response to a disagreement at the church at Philippi gives us a good picture of what a healthy church looks like.…

Benefits of Being a Believer

September 7, 2021

What do we have to gain from following Jesus when it might mean losing everything or even costing us our life? Paul laid out five specific benefits that make following Jesus the ultimate privilege.…

What's Your Story?

August 31, 2021

What's your story of how you came to believe in Jesus? Paul's testimony is a good reminder of what we all need to do: throw out our religious résumés and choose a real, authentic relationship with the Lord.…

Getting Along with Other Believers

August 24, 2021

There are many different temperaments in the body of Christ. How can we best get along with one another, as imperfect as we are? Paul set us an excellent example in his friendship with Epaphroditus.…

Being (and Finding) a Good Friend

August 17, 2021

Good friends can be hard to find, but Paul found an excellent friend in his protégé, Timothy. Timothy's life offers four qualities of what a mature friend looks like and how you can be that kind of friend to others.…

Be Humble or You'll Stumble

August 10, 2021

Pride is deadly, but humility is the cure. Jesus is our ultimate example of what humility looks like, and we're called to be just like Him, since the only way to truly be raised up is to go low.…

Take Your Stand

August 3, 2021

How do you stand for Christ in a hostile world? Paul the apostle, who had plenty of experience in this area, spoke of four qualities we should cultivate in our lives.…

How to Deal with Troublemakers

July 27, 2021

Problem people are a problem even in the church. How are we supposed to deal with those who just want to make trouble? Paul gave us some pointers in his letter to the Philippians.…

Love Check

July 20, 2021

The most important expression of Christianity is love. In Paul's letter to the Philippians, we see four attributes of what a mature Christian love looks like. Ultimately, it glorifies God.…

You're a Saint

July 13, 2021

Who exactly can be considered a saint? Is it just someone who dies and is canonized? The opening verses of Philippians give us insight into the qualities of a true saint.…

Starting (and Ending) Well

July 6, 2021

Toward the end of his life, King Saul of Israel admitted that he had "played the fool" (1 Samuel 26:21). He started out so well—what went wrong? And how can we learn from his mistakes?…

The Power of Your Choices

June 29, 2021

Abraham's nephew Lot made a series of choices that set him on a sad trajectory in life: he ended up numb to the sin around him. His example serves as a warning to us today.…

Is God Your Number One?

June 22, 2021

The story of Cain and Abel is essentially a story about the kind of worship that God accepts. Cain's crash and burn serves as a warning for us to make sure the Lord is in first place in our life.…

Your Body Has a Higher Purpose

June 15, 2021

Our culture encourages gluttony, overindulgence, and the pursuit of bodily pleasure. But what Paul wrote about God's purpose for our bodies is utterly countercultural.…

What Grows in Your Soul?

June 8, 2021

Perhaps more of us struggle with bitterness than we'd like to admit. What does the Bible say about this deep-rooted weed? And how can we keep it from growing in our heart?…

Ditching Hypocrisy

June 1, 2021

Sin is serious, especially since our tendency is to hide it behind a mask. Jesus had some tough but necessary words for people who live hypocritical lives.…

Check the Label

May 25, 2021

The apostle Peter gave a stark warning against false teachers in his second epistle. From his words, we find four things to be careful of as we walk through a world full of people who pretend to be spiritual but really don't know Christ.…

Finishing Your Race Well

May 18, 2021

Life is painful, but God uses suffering in the lives of His children to strengthen and establish them. As we learn to finish the race of life well, we can look beyond the pain to what's in store for us: heaven.…

How Many Tomorrows Do You Have Left?

May 11, 2021

One day you'll have no more tomorrows left. You're only guaranteed today—and even then, you don't know what will happen. So how are you supposed to live? Peter gave believers some valuable direction.…

Attracting the World to Jesus

May 4, 2021

One of the biggest ways we can attract unbelievers to Christ is by loving our fellow believers well. The apostle Peter gave us a five-fold strategy for doing so.…