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Pastor Ron Dazell

A heart divided between here and there

  The Bible tells of three missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul.  He traveled extensively to share the gospel, the good news that Messiah had come and eternal life was available to all who believed upon Jesus Christ for salvation.  Paul worked hard and planted churches as he traveled.  He developed a heart for many

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Pastor Ron Dazell

To live is Christ and to die is gain

  One of my earliest memories from military training is the importance of a battle cry.  A battle cry is a short statement that gets straight to the point and motivates the team during times of trouble.  I still love battle cries.  One of my favorites comes from Dawson Trotman: “To know Christ and make

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Don’t sell God short

  Philippians 1:20 – as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. Paul eagerly expected and hoped to always honor Christ.  We could sure use more

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And if not…

  Philippians 1:19-20 – for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored

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As long as Christ is proclaimed

  Philippians 1:15-18 – Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What

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Persecution of Christians

  The Apostle Paul came to Philippi during his second missionary journey (Acts 16).  Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and founded the Philippian church.  Paul visited them again on his third missionary journey.  Hearing Paul had been imprisoned in Rome, the Philippian church sent a ministry team to support and encourage him.  Paul

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Christian love

  Philippians 1:9-11 – And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory

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Christian fellowship

  Philippians 1:7-8 – It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  For God is my witness, how I yearn for you

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Complete confidence in Christ

  Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. The word, began, appears 87 times in the New Testament, but this particular Greek word is only found twice.  Paul uses it here in Philippians

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Praying like Paul

  Philippians 1:3-5 – I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. One of the best ways to learn to pray is to pray with people

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Grace and peace to you

  Philippians 1:2 – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you.  Grace is from the word, charis.  It is the root for charity, and it was a customary greeting of the day.  It simply meant “greetings” or “favor.”  Peace was a similar greeting

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Our identity in Christ

  We often find a great deal of identity in our work.  It is common when two people meet to ask, “So what do you do for a living?”  This is understandable, because we spend a great deal of time at work.  However, I like the way Paul chooses to find his identity in Jesus

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Greet each other with a holy kiss

  2 Corinthians 13:12 – Greet one another with a holy kiss. Several friends have recently used horns to greet me.  One honked a car horn while driving past the church, and another sped past me on a motorcycle and beeped while I was staining a deck.  They did not have to do it.  They

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Truth and Love

  1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. I was taught 1 Peter 3:15 and encouraged to memorize it

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A word for the wise

  Proverbs 15:2 – The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. Proverbs 15:2 has hung around as one of my favorites for a number of years.  The tongue is one of our most powerful tools.  Our words are capable of affirming the value of our

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