Archive for January, 2015

Saturday of the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany – Philippians 4:4-23

SharePhilippians 4:4-23 Rejoice – for the Lord is at hand! I like to think of myself as saying this in a kind of John the Baptist voice (a la “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”), only with joy instead of penitence. Now that the light of Christmas has passed to Epiphany and […]

January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Epiphany 3 – Philippians 3:17-4:3

SharePhilippians 3:17-4:3 St. Paul says in Philippians 3:20 that we are to set our mind on things in heaven, because our citizenship is in heaven.  But what happens when we forget where our citizenship is? What if the U.S. soldiers in Iraq forgot who they are and whom they served? What if they forgot about […]

January 29, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Thursday of Epiphany 3 – Philippians 3:1-16

SharePhilippians 3:1-16 What is it about St. Paul that makes him so radical, so hardcore? What has possessed him so that he seems like a fanatic even to Christians? Some, such as Communists, become fanatics for the sake of an idea or an ideology.  Some become fanatics out of fear.  But St. Paul has shown […]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Epiphany 3 – Philippians 2:19-30

SharePhilippians 2:19-30 I want to be in one of St. Paul’s churches!  I want to be in a church where joy in Christ is found.  I want to be in a church where members consider themselves ministers of the mysteries of God and who boldly assert that, “For me to live is Christ!”  I want […]

January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Epiphany 3 – Philippians 2:12-18

SharePhilippians 2:12-18 There is probably no better description of the truth both of God’s sovereignty and grace and our responsibility to respond faithfully to this grace than Philippians 2:12-13.  As I was growing up, my Dad often referred to this verse, and I wondered if it were his all-time favorite because he got a lot […]

January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Epiphany 3 – Philippians 1:27-2:11

SharePhilippians 1:27-2:11 “For me to live is Christ,” St. Paul says in Philippians 1:21.  How many of you are willing to say this and live this, regardless of what it might involve? I thought I’d get that out of the way because God is about to put you to the test.  I talking in WalMart […]

January 25, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Saturday of Epiphany 2 – Philippians 1:12-26

SharePhilippians 1:12-26 Every day we are faced with a multitude of choices, some small and some great.  We often live a binary existence, having to make choices between two alternatives.  Should I marry him or not?  Should I take the new job and the risks involved? Keeping in mind that we just lived through Sanctity […]

January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday Epiphany 2 – Philippians 1:1-11

SharePhilippians 1:1-11 Among all of the other wonderful elements in The Lord of the Rings, it is perhaps a story more about fellowship than anything else.  In fact, the second volume of the trilogy is called The Fellowship of the Ring.  In that story, great fellowship takes place among many different kinds of creatures.  If […]

January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Epiphany 2 – Ephesians 6

ShareEphesians 6 Have you ever gotten involved in something that suddenly revealed itself as being a lot more serious than you thought?  For some, this happens in marriage, and they are like Jacob who thought he had married Rachel.  But Behold! it was Leah! For Diedre Cobb, it was joining the Army Reserves and facing […]

January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of Epiphany 2 – Ephesians 5:15-33

ShareEphesians 5:15-33 We’ve come this morning to a difficult passage of Scripture – not difficult because it’s hard to understand, but difficult because it’s hard for us to accept what God wants to teach us.  The passage is Ephesians 5:21-33, and in it St. Paul gives us clear commands about the relationship between husbands and […]

January 20, 2015 | 1 Comment More