15 December 2017

The Final Stretch Philippians 4:4-23

If Philippians is one of the most precious books in the Bible, Philippians 4 must be the most precious chapter of this book. Having spoken of running the race, reaching for the prize and pressing on towards the mark, Paul now comes to the final … [Read more...]

A Plea to Unify Us in Christ Philippians 4:1-3

During the Canadian war between the British and French in the 1750s, Admiral Phipps, commander of the British fleet, was told to anchor outside Quebec. He was given orders to wait for the British land forces to arrive and to then support them when … [Read more...]

Going for Gold – Philippians 3:12-14

In Philippians 3 the Christian is likened to a banker weighing up his assets and arrears, an athlete running a race and a stranger whose citizenship is in heaven while passing through this world. Did you hear about this fellow who looked at his … [Read more...]

Which came first – the chicken or the egg?

We’re all aware of the phrase, ‘it’s a chicken or egg situation.’ Most of us have probably used it at some time or other. Of course, this phrase infers the question, ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ Well, believe it or not, it’s a … [Read more...]

“Dealing with Religious Rubbish” PHILIPPIANS 3:1-9

Paul began this section of his letter with the word ‘Finally’. In 4:8 he uses ‘Finally’ again. That is a comfort to all preachers. Finally does not necessarily mean the end. When Paul wrote ‘Finally, brethren...’ he was not concluding his message, he … [Read more...]

Roots: Following Jesus (Philippians 2:17-30)

In this Olympic year the name of Eric Liddell will resonate with many people. He stirred his generation at the games of 1924 at the Paris Olympics by his refusal to race on Sunday. His ultimate victory was in the 400-yard dash. Exactly one year after … [Read more...]

The ‘Ins and Outs’ of Our Salvation

Philippians 2:12-18 Mark Twain wrote, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” A good example can often be impressive but can also be very intimidating. One of the most annoying things about a good example is … [Read more...]

Roots: True Value for Living

True Value for Living (Philippians 1:20-26) Here is a good question to ask yourself; “What gets me up in the morning? Is it an alarm clock or is it a purpose in living? What makes me tick?” All of us have someone or something we live for, … [Read more...]

Joyfully Following

The selfless Saviour Selfishness and greed are all too common, but selflessness and humility are rare qualities. When I think of selflessness I am reminded of my colleague Robin McCready. In 1971 Robin and his wife, Thelma, worked in one of the most … [Read more...]

Roots: Paul’s Prayer for Progress

While it is true that Philippians is the joy letter, the epistle is also filled with expressions of love. As with any letter, three elements are important; the sender, the recipients and the content of the correspondence. We know that Paul is the … [Read more...]