#Emotional pleas and #arguments can be quite compelling, but absent #logic they can be misleading.  The Bible is full of truth and logic without ignoring the emotional component.  Where do feelings originate?  Here in Philippians, Paul speaks of feelings residing in the heart.  Is that hyperbole?  Maybe, but without the heart we cease to exist.  Was there any better compliment that he could have given them than to say that they were in his heart?  What connected Paul to the church at Philippi?  Does this tell us anything about the communion of Christian fellowship?  When, if ever is defense of the Gospel necessary?  How can we confirm the good news of Jesus Christ?  What proof or pledge does Paul offer to prove his sincere love for these people?  By what measurement does he compare his love?  How can we pour this kind of love into others?

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It seems there is a lot of #mental suffering in this world.  So many are experiencing #depression, #selfpity, and #selfishness.  And they all have something in common, an inward gaze.  How does Paul Thank God for his fellow Christians at Philippi?  Paul is writing this letter from prison and yet it is full of praise and prayer.  Wouldn’t you expect a prisoner to ask for relief or prayer for themselves?  What was one of Brother Tommy’s pet peeves?  Paul was thankful for their fellowship in the Gospel.   What does that tell us about what we are to be doing?  He also said he was expecting something from them.  What was it?  Does God start anything that He cannot finish?

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These days we are told that #suffering is to be avoided.  As if we needed to be told to avoid suffering.  Our human nature actually learns at a very young age which actions lead to pain and how to keep from getting hurt.  But, Paul showed us through his writings how to turn our problems into opportunities for triumphant joy.  What circumstance did Paul find himself in while writing to the church at Philippi?  Who was Timothy and why was he mentioned?  What is the significance of calling themselves servants?  Are there positives to being a bond slave to Jesus Christ?  What term did Paul use to describe the Christians at this church?  What is the importance of the qualifier ‘in Christ’?  Where was Philippi located and what was its strategic importance to the spreading of the Gospel?  How did Paul greet the diverse audience of this letter in an inclusive manner?  Why is the order of his words important?

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Okay, let’s go back to the beginning of this series on the book of Philippians by Brother Tommy.  What is #joy? How does it differ from #happiness?  From where does true joy come?  Jesus was perfect and therefor had perfect joy.  What were Paul’s circumstances when he wrote this book to the church at Philippi?  How does proper joy produce triumph in all situations?  Once we agree that we need it, how do we receive the joy of Jesus?  What are the risks and rewards of obtaining it?  Where does our citizenship lie, and why does that make a difference?  What are the benefits of this Heavenly joy?  

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