Philippians

Self-surrender in the Assembly

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord (Philippians 4:2). If Euodias and Syntyche could have walked alone, there would have been no collision - no strife. But they were called to walk together, and here was the demand for self-surrender. We are living members of a living body, each one having to do with other members, with whom we are connected by a bond which no power of earth or hell can sever. And be it ever remembered, that...

Striving

Growing up as the fourth child in a family of all boys it wasn’t hard to develop a competitive spirit. Even when playing with those older than me I did not give an inch. In fact, I used to get a real kick out of beating some of the older boys—including my brothers! If I could not beat them with my ability, I beat them by way of psychology. Competition in sports is fun, but a competitive spirit can be very destructive in the spiritual world. Many local assemblies have been...

The Spiritual Order of Paul's Epistles

We believe that the order of arrangement of Paul’s Epistles to the Churches was Divinely established; and that there is a progress of spiritual experience from Romans to 2 Thessalonians. ROMANS: RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS. In Romans man is shown without righteousness: "There is none righteous, no, not one." This involves man’s fundamental relation to God. Christ is set forth a propitiation, meeting all Divine claims, and by His death releasing man from the necessit...

The Mind of Christ

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5) We frequently turn to this passage during our remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ in the breaking of bread. Though we have been there many times before, each time we are overwhelmed with the downward stoop the Son of God was willing to make in order to accomplish God’s redemptive will. He had a work to do, and He did it completely, despite the fact that it required Him to leave a place of glory, and take up...

Living and Dying

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21). To live, and to die; they are only a comma apart, and the comma is the punctuation mark suggesting the shortest possible elapse of time. Life and death; the systole and the diastole; the beat and the throb of the pulse; the swing of the pendulum. Everyone of us daily stands where this comma stands. Hamlet weighed the evils of life and the evils of death. He weighed the sorrows of life, from which death could relieve him, o...

Conversion and Consecration

Both are Supernatural Experiences; Conversion by Harry A. Ironside. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself.......he called for a light and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.......and he took them the same hou...

Spiritual Weight Watchers

The statisticians tell us that the majority of Americans are overweight. This is no surprise since many spend most of their day sitting behind a desk, or in front of the TV. Add to this a steady diet of fast-foods, and you have the perfect formula for being overweight. Many Christians are not only physically overweight, but spiritually overweight as well. This excess spiritual weight limits their ability to make progress in the race of faith that is set before them. The writer to the H...

Touchy or Sensitive?

When speaking of Syntyche, one of the two sisters Paul encourages to be of the same mind (Phil. 4:2), it is not uncommon to hear her referred to as “soon touchy.” Sadly, there are many “touchy” saints. They often have severe reactions to the slightest criticism, many times reading more into a statement by a brother or sister than was ever intended. They often misunderstand what is said, or why something is said. They are easily offended, and it is not uncommon for ...

God's Thesaurus

People love a good mystery. Throughout the millennia, man has been captivated by seemingly inexplicable puzzles. Whether it is natural phenomena like gravity or electricity, or strange occurrences such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, it is clear that people are fascinated by the unexplained. Interest in uncanny happenings is not limited, however, to the rank and file of humanity. Rather, thoughtful sages and scholars have always pondered the deep issues of life and the u...

Dangers in Leadership

The following was first given as a message at the May, 1999 Elders and Workers Conference in Markham, Ontario. In my travels among the assemblies it is evident that the general spiritual condition of many of them is poor. Attendance is often a small portion of those who would claim to be in fellowship. Worldliness has made inroads and it is manifested in a lack of commitment to the local assembly and a strong commitment to careers, hobbies, sports, and recreation. ...
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