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    Christian Devotional – February 28, 2020

    Running the Race – #7 Philippians 1:25-30 – Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again. Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents-which is a sign of destruction for them, but…

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    Christian Devotional – February 27, 2020

    Running the Race – #6 Philippians 1:18-24 – What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if…

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    Christian Devotional – February 26, 2020

    Running the Race – #5 Philippians 1:12-17 – Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of…

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    Christian Devotional – February 25, 2020

    Running the Race – #4 Philippians 1:9-11 – And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9‭-‬11 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.1.9-11.NASB In today’s society, we hear a lot about love. People talk about how we should love one another and we should act in love. And God’s word supports that, to an extent. Here Paul is reminding the…

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    Christian Devotional – February 24, 2020

    Running the Race Philippians 1:6-8 – For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6‭-‬8 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.1.6-8.NASB We are not perfect. I realize that probably doesn’t come as a shock to…

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    Christian Devotional – February 23, 2020

    Running the Race Philippians 1:3-5 – I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3‭-‬5 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.1.3-5.NASB Yesterday we saw Paul’s prayer for grace and peace for the people of Philippi. Today we see that praying for them gives Paul joy. Do we take joy in our brothers and sisters in Christ? Do we lift others up in prayer and remember them, or are we too focused on ourselves all the time? How can we increase our focus on praying for…

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    Christian Devotional – February 22, 2020

    Running The Race Over the next several weeks, we are going to study through Philippians. This great book helps us understand how to run the race of life in a way that God has called us to run. Read Philippians 1:1-2. Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:1‭-‬2 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/php.1.1-2.NASB This initial greeting sets the stage for the book. Paul, the apostle and missionary to the Gentiles is the one who wrote the book. He is sending this…

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    Christian Devotional – February 21, 2020

    Day 52 – Learn from the examples of others. As we close out the book of Nehemiah and our study, his last encouragement to us is to learn from the examples of others. Read Nehemiah 13:23-31. In those days I also saw that the Jews had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but the language of his own people. So I contended with them and cursed them and struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, “You shall not…

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    Christian Devotional – February 20, 2020

    Day 51 – Standards. We must set standards and then hold ourselves to those standards. Read Nehemiah 13:15-22. In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So I admonished them on the day they sold food. Also men of Tyre were living there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem. Then I reprimanded the nobles…

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    Christian Devotional – February 19, 2020

    Day 50 – Recognition. In the business world, there is a lot of discussion about the importance of recognition. We see it here, too. Read Nehemiah 13:10-14. I also discovered that the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had gone away, each to his own field. So I reprimanded the officials and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts. All Judah then brought the tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses. In charge of the storehouses I appointed Shelemiah the priest,…