God reveals His blessings through community

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Philemon

GOD REVEALS HIS BLESSINGS THROUGH COMMUNITY

And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  (Philemon 1:6)

When we hear the phrase, “sharing your faith,” we likely think about evangelism.  Certainly we should share our faith with those who don’t have it, in hopes that they might believe.  Yet, there is another kind of sharing that is vitally important, too.

We must share our faith with other believers, not in the sense of only telling them about our experience, but listening to theirs, too.

The greek word used here for sharing is “koinonia,” a word we often translate in english as “fellowship.” It’s a picture of the Christian life as a family potluck dinner.

So, here’s a question.  Can you survive by only eating what you cooked up yourself?  Sure, but you’ll miss the fulness and beauty of enjoying what other people bring to the table.

God’s plan for your life in Christ was never about you and Him in isolation together.  He has wired your heart in such a way that the only way you will receive the fulness of His blessings is by being in fellowship regularly with His people.

God uses people to accomplish His work, so as you structure your life and your schedule, let this truth direct your priorities: God reveals His blessings through community.

-Pastor Phillip

God made you an eternal heir

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Titus 3

GOD MADE YOU AN ETERNAL HEIR

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  (Titus 3:5-7)

When God saved you, it was not so that you would become an employee, but so that you could be part of the family.

When God saved you, it wasn’t so that He could give you the “minimum required grace” to get to heaven, but so that He could show His lavish love through your life.

When God saved you, it wasn’t just so you could live a better life now, but so you could be part of His Kingdom forever and ever.

Here’s more good news… You didn’t earn this blessing, so you have no need to fear losing it!

Not only that, but you also have no right to feel entitled to it.  Just receive it with joy and thanksgiving and let this truth fill your heart with grateful confidence: God made you an eternal heir.

-Pastor Phillip

Jesus saved you to a life of purpose

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Titus 2

JESUS SAVED YOU TO A LIFE OF PURPOSE

Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.  (Titus 2:13a-14)

Part of the message of the Gospel is that Jesus saves us from sin, but that’s not all there is.  Many people may realize what Jesus rescued them from but forget that He also rescued them TO something special.

Jesus doesn’t just save and send you on your way.  He doesn’t redeem, you from sin and then abandon you to your own devices.  No, Jesus calls you from a life of sin to a life of powerful, purposeful living for the glory of God and good of others!

Are you in Christ?  Then rejoice!  You have been chosen as His ambassador for a mission of mighty good works.  Embrace this truth, and let it fill you with hope today: Jesus saved you to a life of purpose.

-Pastor Phillip

God’s heart is for the helpless

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 82

GOD’S HEART IS FOR THE HELPLESS

How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:2-3)

All throughout Scripture, God has harsh words and strong judgments for those in authority who use their power to oppress.  The same is true for those who have the ability to help the needy, but refuse.

This is both a convicting and comforting thing.  Convicting, because this means He also wants you to help the hurting in some way.  Comforting because we all go through seasons of hurt.  If not right now, then eventually you will be weak and afflicted, and in that moment take heart.

God is for you, because God’s heart is for the helpless.

-Pastor Phillip

Your Father wants to fill you up

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 81

YOUR FATHER WANTS TO FILL YOU UP

There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.  Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.  (Psalm 81:9-10)

Do you ever see God prohibiting things and feel like He’s holding you back or holding out on you?  Here’s good news.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

God’s prohibitions are for your protection, and He knows what will truly satisfy you and what will leave you dry.  He longs for you to turn your eyes from counterfeit Christs that can never save, and open yourself up to the fullness of His grace.

Even today, He’s calling to you, “Let go of your fear and foolishness and let Me be the only source to which you look for help.”  Listen to Him!

You see, your Father wants to fill you up.

-Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your firm foundation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Timothy 2

JESUS IS YOUR FIRM FOUNDATION

But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”  (2 Timothy 2:19)

“The Lord knows those who are His.”  There is no question or uncertainty about it.  There is no conditional element or termination clause in it.  Jesus doesn’t just have a good idea of who probably belongs to Him–He knows.

That means that if you’re in Christ, you’re in!  If you belong to Jesus, you’re set!  Nothing you do or don’t do can change the fact that Jesus has paid for your full acceptance in the family of God.

So, let this truth motivate your heart towards grateful obedience and strengthen your soul with peace: Jesus is your firm foundation.

-Pastor Phillip

Jesus is faithful through generations

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Timothy 1

JESUS IS FAITHFUL THROUGH GENERATIONS

I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day…  I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.  (2 Timothy 1:3, 5)

We often think about the value and importance of training children to be faithful to Jesus.  Yet, at a deeper level, the reality is that it is Jesus who is faithful to them.

As God the Father ordains, so Jesus the Son prepares and the Holy Spirit applies the work of redemption.  God calls and draws, leads and guides, embraces and empowers people for His Kingdom, and all throughout Scripture we find that He loves to do so in whole families.

So, as you look to the past and the future of your family, whether you have a heritage of faith or you are the first link in a new chain, be encouraged by this truth: Jesus is faithful through generations.

-Pastor Phillip

God saves you for his glory

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 79

GOD SAVES YOU FOR HIS GLORY

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for Your name’s sake!  (Psalm 79:9-10)

There is an order to all creation, a cosmic balance in the physical universe that was designed to work in harmony.  When that balance is disturbed, chaos ensues.

The same is true in the spiritual world.  There is a sequence, a balance, a divine order of priority that God established, and when things are in their rightful place, there is harmony and peace.

This is why it is so vital to remember the preeminence of the glory of God.

He is not a selfish tyrant seeking an ego boost.  He is a loving Father who knows how His universe and His people will best flourish, and that only happens when all things are focused on bringing glory to God.

As you pray for help and deliverance, let your heart and mind be tuned to the thing that matters most.  You will find your greatest peace when you follow this guiding principle: God saves you for His glory.

-Pastor Phillip

God wants to be generous with you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Timothy 6

GOD WANTS TO BE GENEROUS WITH YOU

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  (1 Timothy 6:17)

Everybody is looking for something.  Whether security or comfort, stability or control, power or pleasure, all people have something they want more of.

And God wants to satisfy your soul!

He is a generous God, a gracious God, and He wants to give good things to those who ask!  However, He may not always give you exactly what you ask for or expect.

Because He is infinitely wise, He knows not just what you want, but what you really need.  He knows what will truly bring you peace, and what will only leave you gasping and grasping for more.

So, don’t get consumed with the trinkets of wealth and the ways of this world.  Trust Jesus and let this simple truth fill your soul with peace: God wants to be generous with you.

-Pastor Phillip

God will make sure you receive your reward

God’s Hope for Your Heart From 1 Timothy 5

GOD WILL MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR REWARD

The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.  (1 Timothy 5:24-25)

Do you ever feel your faithfulness goes unnoticed?  Do you ever get discouraged, feeling like no one knows or cares that you’re doing the right thing?

God knows.  God cares!

Don’t let Satan tell you that you’re wasting your time.  Don’t let him convince you that your good deeds don’t matter.

Your Heavenly Father is watching you with joy and approval, so you can take heart in this truth: God will make sure you receive your reward.

-Pastor Phillip

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