Sunday, March 31, 2013

About Philippians

First -- I may actually get the spelling correct by the time I'm finished with this!  This is considered the NT letter on "JOY."   Written by Paul to the church in Philippi.  Paul was imprisoned when he wrote this letter but it's not clear which time of Paul's imprisonment.  Paul established the church there during his 2nd missionary journey.  He also visited Philippi during his 3rd missionary journey.  Interesting fact, Philippi was established by father of Alexander the Great and was the first Christian church established in Greece.  There were not many Jews in the area and to reflect that...Philippians contains no Old Testament references.

Around the area there were many retired military it's sorta like San Diego.  :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

1 Peter 1:18-19

S - For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. (1 Peter 1:18, 19 NLT)

O - Empty life is a term that really catches my attention. My first silly thought is about all the books, tv and movie dramas where they have the scenes reading the will of the dearly departed and some relative throws a hissy fit because they got nothing. Well that's what we've gotten from our ancestors...the big fat nada. But we aren't stuck with nothing. We have so much more, bought with a price higher than I can begin to comprehend. Precious Blood. Wow. Amazing.

Sinless....I also reflect on the fact that Jesus was without sin. Sometimes I'm lucky to get from one breath to the next without committing at least one lead a human life and be sinless. Beyond my comprehension.

A - How do I apply this verse? I can't see of anyway to live this verse unless you start with exalted worship and thanksgiving to God.

P - My prayer ...."Dearest Lord...thank you. I fall to your feet amazed by your grace, mercy and love. Oh the Wonderful Cross...I cannot fathom the suffering you took on because of your love for us. Amazing love you showed us Lord. Dearest Jesus, we have nothing to offer that can even be considered worth this gift. Yet you said we are worth this sacrifice. Thank you Lord."