Read: Philippians 1:9-10 Paul says it very plainly here. As we grow in love (for one another), understanding (of God’s mysterious plan) and knowledge (of God and his ways), we will know what really matters. All of this results in pure and blameless living – a better way to live! And that’s my prayer for …

It matters how we treat others. It is so easy to forget about others when our own toes have been stepped on. And in the process of taking care of our toes, we jump and stomp all over others. Maybe you don’t, but I know I do. There is a short phrase from 1 Corinthians …

Besides that our character development is God’s idea and his work, what else really matters? It matters where your faith is placed. Do you trust yourself or do you trust God? Where is your faith based? Read: Philippians 3:3-9 Relying on myself generally involves what I can do to make myself acceptable to the world, …

Today’s post is not spiritual or theological. It’s just downright practical. We face the question every day, “What really matters?” Read: Philippians 4:6-13 I came home from an all day event to find that my freezer was not working. The contents were still cold, but thawed. That’s not a great way to start an evening. …

Read: Philippians 1:6, 2:12-13 It matters that the work God is doing in you is his initiative, his project. Let’s read that verse again: And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 …

Read: Philippians 1:10 Do you ever begin your day, your week by wondering what really matters in life? I do. Paul’s words in this verse stood out to me. His concern was that the people he wrote to understood what really matters. What really matters to you? Is it the same thing that will carry …

Read: Psalm 40 This psalm speaks to me of life as it is every day. We encounter trouble along the way, but God is there to walk with us. And his work in our lives brings forth praise in others. When we live out following Jesus in all of its measure, others will see and …

Read: Psalm 40:1-3 I have a psychologist friend. He said he never wants to work harder than a client for change. You see, sometimes we see the change that needs to happen but we don’t want to work for it. What about you? Do you like change? Do you see an end result you’d like …

Maturity has nothing to do with eternity. Maturing in our faith continues to happen as long as we live. We never achieve that complete perfection this side of heaven. But we have the opportunity to grow in faith and in our experience with Jesus every day. And our reward will be this side of heaven. …

Maturity. What does that mean? Returning to the writer’s admonitions in Hebrews 6:1-4, it seems maturity means we are confident in the basic. Repenting from evil deeds, placing our faith in God, baptism, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment are all basic tenets of following Jesus. Summarizing these, it seems that maturing means …