His Children

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Today's reading: Philippians 2:12-18

Paul encourages the members of the church in Philippi as "children of God" to live fully, rightly and differently than those around them who don't yet know Christ. Why? Because whether we fully realize it or not, our actions and behaviors are delivering a message about Christ and being a Christian to every person we encounter. Thus Paul's reminder of our need to "shine as lights" to the world.

How would you describe being a child of God to another person? What qualities and/or behaviors are inconsistent with being God's child? Would you say people recognize you as a child of God? Why or why not? Tami

Overflowing Love

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Today's reading: Psalm 31:1-24

David has a wonderful way of expressing his feelings and thoughts to God as he goes through many different life circumstances, and we certainly see that in Psalm 31. I couldn't help but notice that even in the middle of a distressing situation, David's calling out to God overflowed with his love for God, trust in God and gratefulness for who God is and what He has done. My heart was especially drawn to David's final words in verses 23-24.

"Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!"

When you're experiencing difficulty, how does telling God that you love and trust Him impact your mindset and outlook? What about when your life circumstances are good? Why is it important to have open and honest dialogue with God about our feelings and needs? Tami

Coming Joy

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Today's reading: Psalm 30:1-12

As I read through Psalm 30 today, the worship song "Trading My Sorrows" by Darrell Evans, which talks about turning over our sorrow, shame and pain for the joy of the Lord, came to mind. Both David's song and "Trading My Sorrows" deliver the message that when we go through times of trial and hardship, we can still be joyful because God is our helper, healer and restorer, and because our dark times won't last forever.

"Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." (vs. 5)

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness." (vs. 11)

When and how has God sustained and walked with you through a trial or hardship? What encouraged you most from this psalm, and why? How might you use this psalm paired with a personal experience to boost someone's spirits? Tami

Today's reading: Philippians 2:1-11

Over the past ten years or so God has been impressing on my heart and mind more and more how He wants me to help and serve others. One of the passages that has helped me grow in this area is Philippians 2:3-4, where Paul tells us:

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

Our human nature doesn't default to putting others first. It's just the opposite. Our immediate tendency is to jump to "me-centered" thinking: How does this impact me? What am I going to get out of this situation? Is this going to cost me money, time or effort, and how much? Is this important to me, and if not, why bother? Putting aside self-centered thinking to consistently respond in humility and operate with a mindset of "how can I help and serve others" takes intentionality and a good bit of effort. But it is so worth it.

Take a few minutes to think about Paul's instruction to "humbly count others more significant than yourselves." How can you put this into practice this week at home, at work, at church or in your neighborhood or community? What helps you get and maintain a mindset and attitude of humility? Tami

One

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Today's reading: Philippians 1:27-30

The message Paul delivers in Philippians 1:27 is such an important one. We weren't designed to do life alone. We need each other. We are at our best when we come together in unity—with one spirit and shared beliefs and values, working together to advance the message of God's free offer of salvation through Jesus.

"Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel." (vs. 27)

What does this passage show about the importance of being part of a local church body? What about having Christian friends to do life with outside of the Sunday church experience? How has being involved in a church or small group been of help to you? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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