The Secret of Contentment: Part 1 (Philippians 4:10-23)

“The trouble with him is he’s a thermometer and not a thermostat!” This statement by one of his deacons aroused the pastor’s curiosity. They were discussing possible board members and Jim’s name had come up. “Pastor, it’s like this,” the deacon explained. “A thermometer doesn’t change anything around it—it just registers the temperature. It’s always […]

The Ins and Outs of Christian Living (Philippians 2:12–18)

“Few things are harder to put up with,” wrote Mark Twain, “than the annoyance of a good example.” Perhaps the thing most annoying about a good example is its inability to accomplish the same achievements in our own lives. Admiration for a great person can inspire us, but it cannot enable us. Unless the person […]

Setting Godly Priorities

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). What is really important to us?  People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for our priority.  Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if we do not actively choose […]