The Gift of Unshakeable Joy (Jan. 17, 2010)

In America, the constitution guarantees us the right to pursue happiness by whatever means are available or legal; but this week I can't help but wonder what it means to pursue happiness in Haiti….in a country which has been flattened by a 7.0 earthquake and where nearly 100,000 people have been killed? For me, the answer came in Paul's letter to the Philippians. There we discover that the Apostle Paul says nothing about the pursuit of happiness, but he does say a lot about how prisons of adversity are transformed into sanctuaries of God’s presence by the gift of joy. Click the link below to download.

The Power of Encouragment (Jan. 10, 2010)

Encouragement is the assurance that we really do matter to God and to others. It’s essential to our life in the Spirit and growth in Christ-likeness. The relationship between Paul and the Philippian church was one of mutual encouragment. In Philippians 1 1-11, we learn that encouragement comes through faithful parternship, through affirmation, through compassion, through prayer, and through the God who promises to finish the good work he began in us. Click the link below to download.