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Afterthought

Afterthought

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #22: Afterthought Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things....
Why Bother to Intervene?

Why Bother to Intervene?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #21: Why Bother to Intervene? Therefore…stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women...
Citizens of Kingdom Culture

Citizens of Kingdom Culture

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #20: Citizens of Kingdom Culture Keep your eyes on those who live as we do…Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ…their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:17, 18, 20 NIV I...
What do the Mature Understand?

What do the Mature Understand?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #19: What do the Mature Understand? All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already...
A Reason to Forget

A Reason to Forget

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #18: A Reason to Forget But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV...
Do It Now!

Do It Now!

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #17: Do It Now! Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12 NIV An email I received reminded me of the...
What have you gained?

What have you gained?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #16: What have you gained? That I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of...
Why Your Credentials Don’t Matter

Why Your Credentials Don’t Matter

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #15: Why Your Credentials Don’t Matter. …If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews;...
What is Conflict You Cannot Duck?

What is Conflict You Cannot Duck?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #14: What is Conflict You Cannot Duck? Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no...
The Safeguard of Rejoicing

The Safeguard of Rejoicing

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #13: The Safeguard of Rejoicing Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Philippians 3:1 ESV “All church conflict is theological.” explains Jim Van Yperen...