The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Ground For Greeting – In The Politeness

Bible Audio Blog
      20060709 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Grounds For Greeting - In The Politeness - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

#Civility, #politeness, #courtesy – where have they gone?  If you watch the #news and these days it is hard to escape, you know that what gets reported is the #violent or #vulgar.  But if you are fortunate enough to gather with others and better yet other believers, hopefully you can get a dose of common decency.  If you are a Christ follower, or saint as the Bible calls us, it should be in your new nature to spread politeness wherever you go.  How did Paul share the joy of Jesus while imprisoned?

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com

The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Ground For Greeting – In The Present

Bible Audio Blog
      20060702 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Grounds For Greeting - In The Present - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

Have you ever heard of the #Doxology?  Praise #God from whom all #blessings flow!  Last time, we learned that God provides all His children’s needs.  This week we hear what our proper response should be.  It even ties back to Paul’s theme in Philippians about the Joy of Jesus. Joy in our lives comes from knowing our purpose.  Why are we here if not to glorify God?  Have you ever tried counting your blessings when you are feeling down?  It helps and you should take it further and thank the one who gave you those blessings.  How do we glorify God?  Does all the glory belong to God?  Why is it important to practice giving glory to God now?

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com

The Joy of Jesus – Sufficiency – Supplies For Sharing – On A Heavenly Level

Bible Audio Blog
      20060625 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Supplies For Sharing - On A Heavenly Level - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

#Want and #need, do you know the difference?  If you put the wrong emphasis on verses like this you wind up with what is called a #prosperityGospel.  Like we talked about last week, the motive matters.  We don’t give to receive, we give to honor God and as a result we receive all our needs.  Have you ever prayed to God for a thing you thought you needed only to realize later that it was really a want?  Are all of our needs good things?  Do we sometimes need correction?  What does it mean when the Bible says ‘according to His riches in glory?’  Well, I haven’t met or heard of a rich man yet who can afford to create a planet full of biodiversity much less a universe.  Oh and don’t forget the qualifier at the end that Paul loves to use – in Christ.

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com

The Joy of Jesus – Sufficiency – Supplies For Sharing – On A Human Level

Bible Audio Blog
      20060618 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Supplies For Sharing - On A Human Level - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

#Multitasking, are Christians told to be #spiritual or #practical?  Actually, it is both.  Does God use temporary things to accomplish eternal things?  Is it only money that Christians are asked to give?  Are only the poor truly spiritual?  What made the church at Philippi such a joyous one?  If Paul was joyful in poverty or abundance, why was he grateful for the Philippians’ gift and what it meant for them?  Does the amount of or the motives behind the gift matter more to God?

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com

The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Lessons For Learning – About Enablement

Bible Audio Blog
      20060604 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Lessons For Learning - About Enablement - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

#Codependency and #enablement have become buzzwords for a #toxic type of relationship.  But, the #Bible tells us that it is a matter of where we focus our dependency.  Philippians 4:13 is one of my favorite verses.  “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  Why do you think that there are so many self help books?  We all need help sometimes and while we can do some things ourselves and others can assist us at times, Christ offers us the ultimate boost.  Have you ever thought there is nothing I can do about that?  Does this mean a Christian should push ahead with confidence without education or experience?  Does that mean we have the power to do reckless or immoral acts?  How does this promise apply to non-believers and God’s will?  As a Believer in Jesus Christ wanting to do God’s will, what are some examples of the things with which we can expect to be enabled?  What are the two things that we need to do to receive this power?

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com

The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Lessons For Learning – About Enjoyment

Bible Audio Blog
      20060528 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Lessons For Learning - About Enjoyment - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

Would the apostle Paul have been able to find #joy in the year #2020?  What did Paul learn from the #school of experience?  What did he teach us about our circumstances and their effect on Christ followers?  God promises to provide all of our needs but not our wants.  So how do we minimize our wants to increase joy?  Paul said he knew how to be content whether he had a little or a lot.  Is it also difficult to be content when you are prospering?   

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com

The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Lessons For Learning – About Encouragement

Bible Audio Blog
      20060521 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Lessons For Learning - About Encouragement - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

Do you need #encouragement today?  Who doesn’t?  If you watch the #news, the spotlight is on #politics, #race, #protests, #riots, and #virus.  But if you know #Jesus as your Lord and Savior, there is a bigger picture.  Paul was telling the Philippians the same thing thousands of years ago.  How can we receive a peace that passes all understanding?  What does gratefulness have to do with our mood?  If you don’t know where to start, let me share with you something I heard in a sermon that has stuck with me.  Our prayers should begin with thanksgiving to the Lord.  What if tomorrow you woke up and only had left what you thanked God for yesterday?  Time is short and windows of opportunity do not stay open long.  What should we do about that?

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com

The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Lessons For Learning – Trustworthily

Bible Audio Blog
      20060514 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Lessons For Learning - Trustworthily - Rev. Tommy Jones

 

#Thoughts precede #deeds.  It is possible to think about something and then fail to do anything, but only the most rote activity is not done without thought first.  Now that Paul has explained to the Philippians and us how to train our thoughts, he encourages us to follow his example.  Remember, we are in a series about joy and how to get it and live it.  It starts with right thinking but must be followed by right living, which is only possible after yielding control to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives.  Who else besides Jesus can we find to be our role models?  Are we being mindful of the example we are setting?  What are the four ways we internalize examples?  

For more information, click on the Gift link on the bottom of the homepage of FindBibleTruth.com