Philippians

Rejoicing in Knowing

Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV) Final Exhortations 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends […]

Philippians

Knowing and Rejoicing

Philippians 3:7-16  (NIV) 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and […]

Philippians

A Servant Nature

Philippians 2:1-11 (NIV) Imitating Christ’s Humility 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. […]

Philippians

An Abounding Love

Philippians 1:3-11  (NIV) Thanksgiving and Prayer 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will […]

Isaiah

An Everlasting Covenant

Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11 (NIV) The Year of the Lord’s Favor 61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim […]

Isaiah

The Foundations of the Earth

Isaiah 40:21-31 (NIV) 21 Do you not know?     Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?     Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,     and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,     and spreads them […]

Isaiah

The Mountain of God

Isaiah 25:6-10 (NIV) Praise to the Lord 6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare     a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—     the best of meats and the finest of wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy     the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; […]

Isaiah

The Peaceful Kingdom

Isaiah 11:1-9 (NIV) The Branch From Jesse 11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—     the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and of might,     the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of […]