God's Cure for Worry

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry, be happy . . .“is the superficial advice of a zany song that surfaced some years ago. It seemed to imply that we can get rid of anxiety simply by deciding to do so. Don’t we wish that were so? Paul, in our text, provides sounder advice. To worry is to care deeply about someone or something; and it is a positive force in our lives. But anxiety can become immobilizing. That is the …

Gentleness Wins!

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 4:5 A man had a foul tongue which suggested he did not know the Lord. So a fellow worker, a Christian, decided to “confront him with the Good News.” When he returned he didn’t share what he said; but his comment suggested how he may have gone about it. “Well, I told him! What more can I do?” he said with some disgust and resignation. Based on our convictions about worldly words and actions, we may justify …

Celebrate God, All Day, Every Day

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 4:4 To “rejoice in the Lord always” is to recognize that we are never alone, no matter what trials we face. “I am with you always,” Jesus promised. That truth does not eliminate our trials; it imparts trust that, whatever we need to get through them, our Lord will provide. Always? Under every circumstance? Paul was not sharing a meaningless platitude. He was writing to dear Christian friends who were facing persecution. He knew intimately what they …

Don't Split Up-Agree!

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 4:2-3 Have you ever had an argument with someone? You both thought you were right and neither was going to give in to the other. Webster defines an argument as a discussion or debate. But serious argument can lead to sin if it causes unrighteous anger or splits among us. It saddens me when believers argue to the point of division. The church throughout history is filled with such incidents of permanent separation. Many have split, agreeing …

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 3:17-19 Do as I say, not as I do! Have you ever heard that expression? How motivated are you to follow anyone who tells you to do one thing that she cannot do? Many of the so-called leaders in our culture are chasing after earthly things. There was an expression back in the 1970’s that went, “If it feels good, do it.” Many of our leaders have followed this slogan to their own destruction. Their god has …