Entries by suzie

Tuesday 22 August, 2017

Paul gives clear instruction, rapid fire yes, but really clear instruction on how to get the peace of God active in our lives. Rejoice – not sometimes, not occasionally abut ALWAYS! Be gentle – so gentle that people can see it and experience it! Don’t be anxious but with thanksgiving prayer, faith filled prayer – […]

Monday 21 August, 2017

The first verse in this passage is the Mount Everest of the Christian Life. It is the pinnacle and goal to which we all should aspire and yet I wonder if few of us ever do. To live such an exemplary life for Jesus that we can say to others “Pattern your life after mine” […]

Sunday 20 August, 2017

I love the idea of our lives as a race. We have all seen those toned athletes sprint it out along the track in the Olympics. I would like to think my spiritual journey is like that. Coordinated, flawless, powerful. You know, just like Usain Bolt. The reality is many days my race feels more […]

Saturday 19 August, 2017

When I read this passage, what stands out to me is how clearly Paul has found his entire identity in Jesus Christ. All the gains that he had previously experienced, such as his birth right, culture, religion & position, he now considers as a loss when compared to knowing Jesus. Given that Paul writes this […]

Thursday 17 August, 2017

The verses that stand out to me in this passage are verses 29 and 30 where it says, “… give him the honour that people like him deserve. For he risked his life for the work of Christ.” Paul acknowledged that Epaphroditus was worthy of honour because of the sacrificial way he lived his life […]

Wednesday 16 August, 2017

This short passage gives us a great picture of Paul and his understanding about the importance of relationship – his relationship with Timothy and Timothy’s interest in relationship with the Philippians. Just a few words but a picture that shows caring for one another, interest in the welfare of those around you is critical. Paul […]

Tuesday 15 August, 2017

Paul is encouraging the Philippian believers to live lives that reflect their salvation through Christ. Paul cannot be with the Philippian church all the time but he is keen for them to continue to live in the same manner. It’s a shout out to integrity really! He is asking them to live lives beyond reproach […]

Monday 14 August, 2017

I love this passage. It so clearly says that Jesus is God (not just equal standing with him but one and the same) but also in complete submission to him; that he has all power, but he also put all that power aside to become a person just like me, with all my frailties and […]

Sunday 13 August, 2017

Going ahead – rain, hail or shine’. Have you ever heard that idiom before? It’s essentially a mindset that says, “whatever happens, I’m still going ahead”. Over the June long weekend, a bunch of friends and I planned to go on a camping trip. In the days leading up to the weekend the weather was […]

Saturday 12 August, 2017

Paul is verbalising his adamant confidence in God that everything is going according to God’s plan. He is ready to die, knowing that it means he will be taken to Christ’s side. But he is certain in his spirit that there is still more work for him to do, to help the Philippians church. He […]