A couple of days ago, we celebrated America’s independence. But what happened today in history? Here are a few of the more interesting events. In 1699, Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England. In 1858, Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine. In 1932, the postage rate for first class mail in the U.S. went from 2-cents to 3-cents. And in 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2.
Cold Brew Coffee Is Not Rocket Science – Have you ever tried cold brew coffee? It’s a pretty simple method for brewing coffee, and it tastes incredible, especially for iced coffee drinks during the hot summer months. But you can drink it hot as well. This article explains just how simple it can be. Or, you can but a coffee toddy.
Stunning Double Exposure Animal Portraits – With my interest in wildlife and nature photography, I absolutely love what this artist has been able to create. Most of these are available in prints to purchase. I would love to hang a few of these in my home.
People Experiencing Color For The First Time – This video has been around for a few months, and has been circulating on social media. But the joy on the faces of these people as they experience color for the first time is worth watching again.
The Philippian believers needed to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But why? Paul explains why here. It is because they will experience the same struggles that Paul is facing.
Let’s look at these verses phrase by phrase.
For it has been granted to you – It is no accident that the Philippian believers will experience persecution and suffering. God has ordained it. The word “granted” is rooted in the same word as grace. Paul is making a bold statement here: the Philippian believers have been graced with the opportunity to believe, and to suffer because of it. That indicates that suffering is not something to be avoided at all costs. As uncomfortable as it may be, it serves a very important purpose in the life of the believer, both in Philippi and today.
On behalf of Christ – This identifies the Philippian believers with Jesus, as it does for us. We are not only called to suffer with him, but for him.
The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it.
Summer is half over, and new things are on the horizon. We have a lot of exciting opportunities ahead of us here in southern Missouri. I suspect you are experiencing similar things as well.
This month sees the beginning of a new series at our church. We are going to look at Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church. This series will extend for the rest of the summer and much of the fall, taking a comprehensive look at this book. The church in Corinth is a mess, but by the end of his letter, Paul shows just how beautiful the mess can be.
Also, July brings with it our mission trip to Arizona, to American Indian Christian Mission. This is an incredible opportunity for many people in our church to experience missions for the first time, without leaving the country. We are really looking forward to this trip. I am bringing two of my daughters with me. This is the first time I have been able to experience such a trip with my own kids. I’m looking forward to it.
Needless to say, our summer is busy, heading into the fall. How about you?
In the meantime, just in case you missed them, here are my top seven posts for the Month of June:
Sometimes you stumble upon a resource that is incredibly helpful for life, ministry, and almost every other area of life. For me, that resource is Logos Bible Software.
Let me give you a brief history. I’ve tried Bible software over the years. I have tried several different kinds. At one point, I owned a comprehensive piece of software that came on multiple CDs (remember those days?). This software was so large that I couldn’t install all of the features on my computer. I simply didn’t have the room. As a result, I wasn’t able to use it as effectively as I could.
A couple of years ago, I decided to try Logos. Version 4 was the current edition at that point, and I had several conversations with others who used it. Everyone I talked to loved it. But it was expensive. I hesitated to spend a ton of money that I may or may not utilize very well.
Later, my brother bought and raved about Logos, when version 5 came out. I decided to pull the trigger and buy it. But I went for the basic level, the bronze level. This was the cheapest level that they had available. I used this software here and there, and the companion app for the iPad and iPhone as well.
On this day in history: In 1925, Marvin Pipkin filed for a patent for the frosted electric light bulb. In 1953, the Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast. The Interstate highway system was created. And in 2007, the first generation Apple iPhone went on sale.
Social Media Coffees – Wrong Hands has quickly become one of my favorite web comics. John Atkinson touches on truths in a way that is both amusing and powerful. The MySpace depiction made me literally laugh out loud.
The Best Idioms From Around The World – I also found this list pretty amusing. Many of these I have heard, most I haven’t. Regardless, there are a few here that I may have to try out sometime.
Trap-Jaw Ants – This article displays another one of God’s incredible creations. The trap-jaw ant can spring those mandibles at 130 miles per hour! That’s pretty amazing. Make sure you watch the video embedded in the post.
With these verses, Paul shifts from talking about his own circumstances and begins to exhort the Philippian believers to stand strong in unity and one spirit. The only way the gospel message could be presented effectively was through a unified stance together. The same is true today.
Paul begins this exhortation with the statement, “whatever happens.” This phrase is a very emphatic marker, bringing the reader’s attention to the next words. What does Paul state next? That the Philippians should conduct themselves “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Remember, this letter is addressed to the community of believers at Philippi, so Paul is not speaking of personal holiness here, although that application can certainly hover as a secondary idea from this and other Pauline passages.
Paul’s primary concern here is for the conduct of the believers as a group, as a community. Philippi was known for their pride in their Roman citizenship. And yet, as Christians, their citizenship is in heaven. Their lives should display this, especially as a community of believers, together.