Philippians Teaching Pts 1 & 2

We have uploaded the chapel teachings for you to listen to–hope this helps with your S.E….and you can listen again in case you missed anything. Thanks



there’s nothing like prayer!

If you’re reading this, hopefully, you were able to hear tonight’s message.  If not, you can snag it at:


Anyways, here are a couple more fuel points to help you with prayer.  First, you can check out the comments below, that answer the question, “why I pray”.  These comments will not only get some fresh ideas about prayer, but also to get some positive reinforcement, which we all need!  Feel free to add your own answer(s) to encourage others as well. Second, you’ll see that I listed some books that I’ve found helpful on the topic of prayer.  Again, feel free to add your own suggestions as well.  🙂

·         The Power of Prayer & Fasting; Marilyn Hickey

·         Rees Howell’s Intercessor; Norman Grubb

·         Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret;

·         Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home;  Richard Foster

·         Power Through Prayer; EM Bounds

·         Intercessory Prayer; Dutch Sheets

·         With Christ in the School of Prayer; Andrew Murray

        The Power of Prayer; R.A. Torrey



Philip. feedback on “homework” and “s.e.” for next week

Seems like the word “homework” still has that negative feeling to it that we all thought of from school.  So, let’s adjust our terminology to make all feathers lay flat & to smooth out all the bunched up undies.  Rather than “homework”, we’ll use the term “suggested exercises”.  Okee dokee?

Here’s what peeps have passed along so far:


2:12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!


4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.



Rejoicing in the Lord, and encouragements to be mindful of Christ.

Suffering with Christ

Finishing / Completion


Be Thankful & Pray

Remain in Unity concerning the Gospel




Philippians 3:3-6 (New King James Version)

please note that this isn’t all of the feedback – just a few responses.  Thanks SO much for participating!  🙂

 Here are some suggested exercises to prep for next week’s Philippians lesson:

1. Re-read chapter 2
2. What 2-3 verses stand out most to you in chap. 2 and why?
3. What does 2:5-11 mean to you?

4. What do you think Paul means when he says to workout your salvation with fear and trembling in verse 12?




Philippians with Marilyn

Hello! Mom’s on for Chapel & going through chapter 1 – going to be really good!!  Here’s some interesting thoughts on 1:6, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”

When Paul uses the words, “being confident,” this means to have conceived trust,” and to persist in a state of confidence, hence “to trust firmly.” 

My point with this verse is to encourage you that God, who has started His work in you, is continuing to do His work and you can trust that He’s going to finish what He’s started – even in your worst moments (or when your husband tells you he’s not sure about the green and brown color scheme you picked out for the paint in the bedroom, even though he readily admits that interior decor isn’t his strong suit) – smile.

Homework:  please read chapter 2

Feedback:  please shoot me any questions related to Philippians – I’ll get mom to answer them. 😉

an eclectic life – anyone do prayer?

Ok, so here’s what’s happening today:

  • crossing guard in the morning for David & Bell’s school
  • coordinating painter’s sched to get into the house
  • staying w Benji for his 1st day of jr kindergarten
  • working on Jesus’ words about prayer in the sermon on the mount for Wed’s message
  • working on Sunday’s sermon
  • meeting a friend for coffee
  • start greek tonight

I’m excited for Philippians tomorrow too!!  Hope you’re having a great day!!

In  the next few days i’m going to blog on prayer – would LOVE your input with this!!!!

Philippian shout outs

Any thoughts on the philippians stuff so far?  Anyone interested in posting their fav verse(s) from this book?  What do you sense God saying to you as you read philippians? 

I get lots of things from this book, but something I’m thinking about presently, is Paul’s relationship w Epaphroditus.  This was a relationship grounded in a ministry context so it had a spiritual overtones.  When Paul says, in 2:27, “Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.”  NIV  I think Paul is expressing some pretty intense emotions / feelings about Epaphroditus. I think this is true because it is my opinion that the deepest relationships we can form are based from a spiritual context.  Epaphroditus was sent to help Paul & be a support to him.  They shared a common spiritual platform.  I our current world, I find myself most enjoying relationships that have spiritual depth.  I can do shallow, but I think that intimacy & the spiritual nature are inter-connected.  There’s something deeply fulfilling in spiritual relationships – perhaps because they echo the desire God has for intimacy with us.

Just a thought to consider for Philippians.  🙂

Philippians Intro

I love this little book.  I think its the 1st book I ever memorized in the Bible & it has one of my top 2 favorite verses in it – Php 3:8-11,  “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ  9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  NKJV

This little book is RICH, RICH, RICH in loving Jesus, knowing Jesus & growing in Him.  Our team at the church & ministry is going to be studying it in our chapels for a little while – so you might keep your eyes peeled for the dialogue here – could be really interesting!  If you want to join us, you’re more than welcome & I’ll also post my notes if you’re interested in following along.  🙂

The city of Philippi:  politics

§ Obscure villages & beginnings in the area

§ In 356bc, Philip II of Macedon, father of Alex the Great was interested in gold & silver mines nearby, so he annexed the region & formally established Philippi as a city bearing his name.

§ He fortified the city & turned it into a military strong point, to help guard nearby mines

§ Was strategically located on the land route to Dardanelles & Bosporus

§ In 42bc, it became famous as the place where Mark Antony & Octavian defeated the Roman Repub forces of Brutus & Cassius, the assassins of Julius Ceasar;  in doing this, they established Philippi as a Roman colony, was governed by Roman law – a strongly Roman city


§  very diverse (incl influences from Egypt) and syncretic, but the imperial religion tended to dominate

§ small Jewish population

§ Paul’s arrival w Gospel was prob around 50ad – Acts 16:6-10

Paul’s 2nd missionary journey – up to that point, he’d only ministered in Asia Minor: Ac 16:6-10

§ 1st European convert was Lydia – Ac 16:12-15 

§  Salvation of Philippian jailer – Ac 16:25-31


Church characteristics:

§ Generous (offering for needy in Jerusalem), supportive (sent Epaphroditus)



§ Written by Paul during a very serious imprisonment (1:19-20 & 2:17), prob in Rome

§ Purposes: the return Epaphroditus, concern for Judaizers, encourage unity, among other things

Team Member Homework:

1.  Read Philippians 1x for next week

2.  List no less than 3 verses that are your favs

3.  What, if any verses, are troublesome / difficult to understand or digest?

4. What are the themes (at least 2) you see in this book?

random thoughts

These are some thoughts that have been rolling around of late:

*God is present in every moment

*Matt 6:1-18 is our next Wed night series – i’ve been marinating in it for almost a month now, so I pray God will help me accurate to not only Jesus’ words but His heart in these words

*we went on vacation this last week & I think someone sat on my computer bc the plasma screen is messed up – tremendous sorrow has ensued (remember, sarah, God is present in every moment)

*I feel a desperate need for some quotidian drudgery.  my life over the last month has been in a semi-state of upheaval.  i need the security of my crossing guard post.  🙂

*greek starts in a week – praise Jesus!

*God has been engaging & confronting me – i feel somewhat unsettled, still

back to school

Tonight was back to school night so it was fun to re-connect w many of the really cool parents where our kids go to school.  I also got to help w traffic – translation: crossing guard.  It felt good to get back in the groove. 🙂  I also found out who will be the teachers for Isabell & David – that’s pretty cool because we’ve been praying for these teachers almost everyday this summer.  I’m excited for David & Bell because I can see them growing, becoming more confident & its really cool to see them learn – amazing!  Benji starts Jr Kindergarten a week from Mon & I’m also really excited for him – the next step in his growth. 

Time is never still. It marches on regardless of our opinions, desires or events.  My kids are getting bigger & while I’m happy to see them develop, I also wish they’d go slower.  I’m in a strange juxtaposition, but regardless of any quandry, I really love my kids.  They take my breath away.


I’ve noticed that I’m not blogging as much as before I left for Ethiopia & I’ve been thinking about this.  Truth be known, I think I have been really rocked by this trip in lots of ways & I still find myself being unraveled from this trip, from time to time.  I find myself processing things a little differently, but I’m also finding myself really hungry for Jesus – more than hungry. I’m finding myself to be very needy – I need Jesus & this trip has done many things, the most blatant to me is exposing my desperation for Jesus in a daily context.  THis trip also showed me some areas where I’ve limited God & offended Him w my arrogance. 

I want this turning to Jesus to become a bend in my heart (bend, inclination, habit, predisposition, proclivity . . . . pick your word), cultivated into a lifestyle of craving Him.  I need Jesus more than I want Him and more than I like Him.