September 2/Philippians 1

Philippians 1:3–5 (NLT) — 3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

I believe I could write those verses. It is a joy for me to be able to pray for all of you at Hilltop! I have your names in front of me via the Hilltop directory. I thank the Lord that he has given me the ability to pray. I thank the Lord that he delights in my prayers for all of you. And I thank the Lord that he has answered many of my prayers for you. I always thrills my heart when one of you comes to me to tell me what is happening or what has happened in your life. A lot of the time it is what I have been praying for although I might not say that I have. This always strengthens my faith to pray more and not give up.

You all have been my partners in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without your giving of money I couldn’t pastor at Hilltop and we couldn’t have sent out Chris and Rondi. Without your prayers I wouldn’t have much of a Holy Spirit anointing. Without your texts, emails, and cards of encouragement I may have already given up. Without you volunteering to help out at Hilltop I would be too busy doing things that I wouldn’t have time to prepare the Word for you and I would have died from exhaustion years ago! Without you listening to my teaching and preaching and then applying that teaching I wouldn’t be needed. Without you being the Church we wouldn’t have won as many people to the Lord or helped many people to grow in their faith and joy in the Lord.

You are wonderful partners that I cannot do without. Thank you! And be assured the he who began the good work in you and me will bring it to completion.

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) — 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

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  1. Mark Gundersen says

    We are advised to live as citizens of heaven. This means that our actions should show God’s plan to the world. We are to be in the world but not of the world.