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FOR YOUR PROGRESS and JOY

A Bible Study focused on the Book of Philippians

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Progress!  It’s a positive idea, isn’t it?  Setting a goal and then moving toward the realization of that dream or desire brings us satisfaction.  Sometimes progress is slow and we need many intermediate, short-term markers to help us know that we are making headway.  At other times, we need a friend who will come along side of us and encourage us to keep on going.  Often we simply need to settle down and evaluate what has changed and the risks that have been taken in order to know that what we want to accomplish will become a reality.

When Paul wrote to his dear friends in Philippi, he wanted to encourage them.  He knew that if they were to grow and mature in their new faith, they would need to be reminded of all that Jesus Christ had done for them.  He realized that if their new faith was to become deep and strong, they would need to “put into practice” the things that he had taught them.  He encouraged them to set some specific goals and to understand that by God’s resurrection power, He would enable them to move forward.   Perhaps the most important idea that he wanted them to grasp was that as they progressed in their walk of faith, their joy and contentment would be amazing.

Are you interested in learning how to “run the race” really well?  Would you like to move ahead or progress in new ways that will bring joy to you and glory to God?  Then you are invited to join us as we study this letter and discover how our relationship with Jesus can be strengthened and His joy be experienced more fully each and every day.  You will be so glad that you immersed yourself in His Word and His promises to you!

HOW WISE ARE YOU?

To View or Print Study Guides If you were asked to describe a “wise person”, what would you say?  What is wisdom and from where does it come?  It is greater than knowledge or intelligence, isn’t it?  It is certainly more profound than advanced age or diversity of life experiences can guarantee.  One cannot buy…Continue Reading

WHAT DOES “HOPE” LOOK LIKE? – Introduction Lesson 2 – January 21 – 28

Who is your favorite character in the stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends?  While most of us would likely name that friendly bear or Christopher Robin himself, there’s something about Eeyore that draws us to him, isn’t there?  Could it be that we identify with his outlook on life all too often?  On a scale…Continue Reading

“May the God of HOPE . . .”

To View or Print Study Guides Would you agree the word “hope” has an enormous range of meanings?  It can suggest anything from wishful thinking to an expectation that has a great degree of certainty.  For example, one might say, “I hope that my friend in India will be able to come and visit me…Continue Reading

When You Pray . . .

To View or Print Study Guides Have you ever thought of prayer as both a window and a mirror?  As Max Lucado said, “Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world.  Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house, but throw back the curtains and see…Continue Reading

“Because of HIS Great Love”

A Bible Study focused on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians To View or Print Study Guides – Do you have a box of treasured letters in the attic or in a special drawer somewhere in your house? Perhaps you have saved them because they are part of your family history or your own romantic story…Continue Reading

FINDING JOY and DELIGHT IN THE LORD

To View or Print Study Guides When you hear the words “joy” or “delight”, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps you remember a very special celebration or reunion.  Maybe it is visualizing a stroll along the ocean front with a good friend or relaxing for a few minutes in a hot tub. It could…Continue Reading

PORTRAITS of JESUS

Discovering how Jesus described Himself in the Gospel of John To View or Print Study Guides Did you know that there are many ways to have a portrait made?  Most often we think of a painting or a photograph that captures a very close likeness of an individual.  Usually, a portrait features simply the face…Continue Reading

“I LOVE YOU, O LORD”

A study based on David’s Song of Praise and Trust – Psalm 18 To View or Print Study Guides “I LOVE YOU, O LORD” If someone asked you to list ten or more reasons why you love God, how would you respond? Why don’t you try it? Then you’ll have your answer ready just in…Continue Reading

I’M PRAYING FOR YOU

What do the New Testament Epistles Teach about Prayer?

Before you actually decide to do this particular Bible study you might want to think about it carefully! It has the potential to be very encouraging and comforting, but it could also be quite convicting and challenging. In either case, if it is taken seriously, then it will be life changing. You just might find that God will touch your heart and teach you more than you even imagined about how much He desires to have you, His beloved child, choose to spend time in His presence.
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