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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:15

Dear all,


Michael Weidman wonderfully opened Philippians 4:2-9 for us on Sunday. He challenged us by asking whether we have truly absorbed God's Word: we might have memorised(!) the Word, but have we absorbed it? Do we really see the world like God sees it? And at times of crisis, this becomes a pertinent question. How do we respond? How did Paul?

 

 

It's clear from our reading of Philippians that the Judaizers were against him, the Romans were against him and no doubt many others. And he was locked up in jail. On top of this, two of his key helpers, Euodia and Syntyche, were in deep disagreement and no doubt this was affecting the unity of the church. But despite these crises, Paul never acts like a victim. He says that when difficulties come, ‘Rejoice in the Lord'. Not 'cheer up', but 'have faith'. Keep the divine perspective. Don't direct your frustrations and anger towards yourself or another person, but direct your anger upwards. Because as you trust in God, and what he will do, and as you confide your frustrations to Him, you will experience God's peace. Finally, don't react negatively to life. The bible legitimizes us to think beyond the Word to think on positive things.

It's a long way ahead I know: but I'm delighted that Pastor Chris Price has agreed to be our retreat speaker on August 16-18 next year. Though only 37, Chris has been a Lead Pastor for 12 years. He also has two books to his name! See his bio at https://www.calvarybaptist.ca/users/chris-price

So why not put the retreat in your diary?


 

Blessings


Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:20