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How to Live, How to Die

Philippians 1:20-26

George Sanders, the cynical and sinister film star for over 30 years, took his own life in 1972. In his characteristically simple way he explained in his suicide note, “I am leaving because I am bored.”

Increasingly, there are people who are either so bored with life or so pressed down by the circumstances...

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Ordinary People

Philippians 2:19-30

There is a movie currently playing entitled Ordinary People. While I have not seen the movie, the title of it struck my imagination. That, joined with a sermon I heard on tape from a pastor friend, caused me to want to speak to you today on the subject of “ordinary people.”

I’ve be...

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Jesus Is Lord

Philippians 2:9-11

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said of Jesus, “His name is not so much written as plowed into the history of the world.” One evidence of this is the fact that historian Arnold J. Toynbee devoted more space to Jesus of Nazareth than to any other six men combined who have ever lived—including Muhammad, Buddha, Caesa...

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The Real People of God

Philippians 3:1-3

In his book Life Sentence, Chuck Colson tells about trying to win a Jewish lawyer friend to Christ. He had tried again and again to find an opening—a way to introduce the subject of Christ so he could share the Lord with this Jewish lawyer friend. Finally one night at a dinner engagement the opportunity ca...

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The Enemies of the Cross

Philippians 3:17-21

Many years ago, philosopher Francis Bacon said, “It is not what we eat, but what we digest that makes us strong. It’s not what we gain, but what we save that makes us rich. It’s not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned. And it’s not what we profess, but what we practice that gives u...

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Moving on to Maturity

Philippians 3:1-21

One of the greatest athletes who ever lived was the legendary Bobby Jones, the golfer. One of the things that characterized him was his absolute honesty in playing the game. In fact, on one occasion in a crucial match, he accidentally moved the ball as he was addressing it with his club. Though he moved it just a fraction, an...

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Tranquility without Tranquilizers

Philippians 4:6-9

About a year ago, I was visiting with one of our ladies whose husband was in the hospital dying of cancer. He had entered the hospital just four days after she had returned home from surgery herself. She said that when she learned of his illness and his hospitalization, she became a bundle of nerves.

She could not eat...

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Foundations for Giving

Philippians 4:14-19

Some years ago I was preaching on stewardship and there sat in the service two men who had two entirely different responses to the sermon. One of them was angered and incensed and the other one was moved, blessed, and helped by it. The first man, the one who was angered and incensed, went out the front door and he stopped rig...

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Today's Devotional

Never Stop Running

A friend told me birthdays are good for you. People who have lots of them usually live a long time. In 2001 I had bypass surgery. I had seven of those suckers – that’s right, seven. That’s all you can have. I wanted to have eight so I could make the Guinness Book of World Records, but my doctor said seven is the maximum.

After the surgery the doctor said, “I think I bought you ten more years.” When nine years was up, I tried to renegotiate. It reminds me of a man who went to the doctor and the doctor gave him six months to live. He didn’t pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months. If you know who that doctor is, go to see him.

The truth is, none of us knows how much time is left. No matter your age or stage in life, stay at it and keep “looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.”

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