Sermons on Philippians

Sermons on Philippians

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Make it My Own

Phil. 3:4b-14     Matt. 21:33-46 Would you describe yourself as a “goal-oriented person”?  You know, someone who has a firm idea of what they want to do, and one who makes plans for all the specific steps needed to pursue this goal.  Some folks are on the extreme end of this spectrum, while others are all the way on the other end—never making a plan, just kind of “rolling through life,” taking it as it comes to them.  I suspect that most of us are somewhere…
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The Power of Love – Unity

Philippians 2:1-13   September 27, 2020   Matthew 21:23-32 I want you to picture Lucy van Pelt and her little brother, Linus, from the comic strip Peanuts.  Lucy and Linus are having a “disagreement,” but it comes to a sudden halt when Lucy gives a simple demonstration of UNITY.  She says, “See these fingers?  By themselves, they are nothing special, but when they combine into a single unit, they become a force that is TERRIBLE TO BEHOLD!!”  Admittedly, it’s not a very positive example of unity,…
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The Power of Love – Generosity

The Power of Love: Generosity                 16th Pentecost Philippians 1:21-30   September 20, 2020   Matthew 20:1-16 Think for a minute about what a generator does.  It takes some kind of power, like a gas engine or a windmill or a water-powered turbine, and converts that power into electricity.  A generator. I thought about generators when I was studying Developmental Psychology in seminary, where we learned about the concept of “generativity.”  Erik Erikson, the psychologist who developed the term “Identity Crisis”, coined the word “Generativity” to describe a stage…

The Humble Conqueror

The Humble Conqueror                  Palm Sunday Philippians 2:5-11   Matthew 21:1-11 Mike and Barbara Weber were practically newlyweds when the Nazi army overran their village. Mike was given two choices: 1. Join their army, or 2. Be killed. He joined them, and fought half-heartedly beside them until the war was over. On VE Day, Mike was far from home, and he was in territory that the Russians controlled. Everyone knew of the horrors that awaited them if they surrendered to the Russians,…

Adulation!

Adulation!                    Palm Sunday Psalm 118:19-29   Philippians 2:5-11      Luke 19:28-40 Intro: You may know that the Japanese Imperial Army ran the deadliest prison camps in World War II. At one camp, starving military prisoners of war were huddled in dozens of bamboo huts. They had experienced terrible deprivation and cruelty under the iron fist of the camp commander. But it was Christmas! They had been told that there would be NO religious celebration in the camp. But about midnight,…

Don’t Be Denied

Don’t Be Denied     5th Lent Psalm 126   Philippians 3:4b-14   John 12:1-8 Hello. My name is Lazarus. You probably remember me because Jesus brought me back from the dead. Now, that was pretty spectacular, but I want to share with you the tremendous impact that Jesus had on my whole family—especially my sisters, Mary and Martha. I guess I ought to start with Mary, because she’s the one who introduced us to Jesus in the first place. I’m not exactly sure what happened to Mary—how she started going wrong—but…