Tag Archives: Philippians

Peace of Mind – Peace of God

The Prince of Peace has come to establish peace on earth. The first order of business is Peace with God (reconciling rebellious humans with the Holy God). Having peace with God then sets one up to experience the Peace of God (a peace that surpasses understanding and earthly circumstances). As the LORD told through Isaiah and Paul, a peace that guards the heart and mind.

Isaiah 26:1-4 and Philippians 4:6-9

Taught Sunday morning, December 18, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Christ strengthens us

image from the Bible App and Church Motion Graphics Inc.This is such a wonderful verse that concisely gives us His promise to help us … to do what exactly?  We unpack that question as we see in Scripture God’s promise to help us through faith in Christ, focusing on Christ, that there is fruit in Christ to whom be all the glory.

Philippians 4:13

Preached Sunday morning, June 30, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris

Contentment and Generosity

The apostle Paul was thankful for the generosity of the church in Philippi toward his ministry, but perhaps not why you would think.  He was not concerned about having his needs met, Christ did that even if Paul lacked many things we consider necessities.  Rather he thanked God that their generosity was fruit of Christ working in them and through them as a part of their worship.  Paul saw that contentment in Christ fueled generosity for Christ.

Philippians 4:10 – 19

Preached Sunday morning, June 23, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris

What are you thinking?

Part two of a two-part series on “You Are What You Think.”  The apostle Paul tackles the two most important conversations – the first is with God and the second is with ourselves.  That internal dialogue in our heads and hearts has tremendous influence over us.  Thus the Spirit says to no longer be passive in following your thoughts but to redirect and lead those thoughts toward virtues.  And to do those things.

Philippians 4:6 – 9

Preached Sunday morning, June 16, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris

Peace of Mind from the God of Peace

Part one of a two-part series on “You Are What You Think.”  The apostle Paul challenges our inner dialogue to choose between worry or peace.  And that is a challenge for some of us.  But God also equips us with reasons to trust Him in spite of the appearances of the circumstances around us.  The Holy Spirit knows how to give us His peace that is better.

Philippians 4:6 – 9

Preached Sunday morning, June 9, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris

Press Forward to the End

Single-minded focus and laser intensity are the impressions we get of the apostle Paul from his letters and the glimpses we get from Luke’s account in the book of Acts.  Yet Paul is convinced that each follower of Christ should whole-heartedly pursue a closer fellowship with Christ each day.  We should strive always forward with Jesus.

Philippians 3:7 – 14

Preached Sunday morning, June 2, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris

When God works in us, we work better

Another profound statement from Paul for us to consider a while.  Work out that salvation within you for it is God working in you to desire and do according to His good pleasure.  We all could use a good workout, especially of our spiritual life in Christ.  An evidence of His Spirit in us is the desire to work towards being more like Christ.

Also included is one more graduate being honored.  We are thankful and love this generation of young people.

Philippians 2:12 – 13

Preached Sunday morning, May 26, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris

To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain

The apostle Paul inspired generations of Christ-followers with his simple but profound life-statement, “for to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” We examine that statement here in Philippians to challenge ourselves to pursue that ideal with all our being as Paul had found satisfying in his day.

It is also a touching time of year as some of our kids (who have been clandestinely growing up) are hitting the milestone of high school graduation.   We included some audio as we honor two of our guys transitioning to adulthood.  We are indeed blessed with these and many other fine young people.

Philippians 1:19-30

Preached Sunday morning, May 19, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris

Prayer of Thanks for his friends

Tough and passionate, yet the apostle Paul stopped to write thank you notes to those wonderful friends who financially supported his ministry.  And we benefit from that gratitude with the wonderful letter to the church in Philippi.  We take a Sunday to appreciate his gratitude and learn more about prayers of thanksgiving.

Philippians 1:3-11

Preached Sunday morning, May 5, 2019 by Pastor Brad D. Harris