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November 22 - Morning

"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 since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life."
-Philippians 4:2-3

Be of the Same Mind


In chapter 2 Paul used Jesus' willingness to humble himself and be obedient as an example for the Philippians to follow. First Paul asks the Philippians to show mature character having the same “mind,” or phroneo, as Christ. Paul is seeking a mature attitude among the Philippians when he says this:
“Make my joy complete by being like-minded (phroneo, pres. subj. act), having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset (phroneo, pres. act. part) as Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 2:2-5

In chapter 3 Paul uses himself as an example of someone who, in their past, may have had reason to put confidence in their natural ability and their status in the world, but upon knowing Christ now realize it amounts to nothing when compared to “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” (Phil. 3:8) Paul then says in Philippians 3:15 that all “who are mature should take such a view of things.” The phrase “such a view of things” is the translation of the word phroneo, again (pres. subj. act.).
In chapter 3:19 Paul says that there are people whose “destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.” Paul follows this by telling the reason for this human disaster: “Their mind is set on earthly things.” The phrase “their mind is set” is, again, the word phroneo in the Greek (pres. act. part.).
The Greek word phroneo is used in some form by Paul 23 times in the New Testament, but 10 of those forms occur in this short book to the Philippians. Phroneo means “to think,” “to feel,” “to have understanding,” “to have an opinion of one’s self,” “to think or judge what one’s opinion is.” In the book of Philippians Paul is not simply using this word to say “think” or “feel,” but is using it to refer to the self-interest and self-opinions of a person that actually reflect or present that person’s intellect, understanding and inner attitude.
In chapter two Paul says our inner self should present an opinion and an interest in being humble and obedient like Christ. In chapter three our inner self should present an opinion and interest so that it forgets our worldly greatness and pursues a relationship with Jesus Christ. Later in chapter three (3:18-19) Paul explains that those who are living in shame, driven by desires and destined for destruction have an understanding and attitude focused on worldly things which causes them to have the interests and the opinions that are destroying them.
Then, in chapter 4 Paul brings his use of the word phroneo home to address an issue dividing the church in Philippi:
“I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind (phroneo) in the Lord.” – Philippians 4:2

It appears that there was a personal quarrel between these two woman on a personal level that dealt with attitude, opinion, feelings, information and their understanding of a series of situations that caused their interests and opinions to collide in some sort of argument or division. This quarrel must have been serious since it appears the book is building to resolving this conflict. It may have threatened the church at some level. Also, it must have been a personal conflict and not a doctrinal issue, since Paul deals with doctrinal division quite a bit differently than this. Paul has zero tolerance for doctrinal drifting as can be seen in Galatians, 1 and 2 Corinthians and his letters to Timothy and Titus.
Paul calls on his “true companion” or “loyal yokefellow” in Philippi to help these women get their thinking straight so they can have the same attitude and the same opinion. Who this “true companion” is remains a question. Some say Luke, Timothy, Epaphroditus, or Silas, but none of these suggestions fits well enough to be a good answer. We do not know, but the Philippians knew who this person was who could step in and help mediate this conflict of “minds” in the Philippian church.
"Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life." - Philippians 4:3
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Chakah (Hb) - Wait (Eng) - the Hebrew verb chakah means "to wait," "to await," "to delay," "to tarry," or "to long for."
In
Zephaniah 3:8 chakah means to have patience and wait for God's to complete his plan.
In
Job 32:4 chakah means to wait for your turn.
2 Kings 7:9 chakah means to wait until a later time.
Hosea 6:9 chakah means to ambush an opponent
In
Isaiah 8:17, Isaiah 64:4 and Psalm 33:20 chakah means to be patient and wait for the Lord's work and salvation
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I will seek to have the same information and the same attitude found in the Scripture in order that I can have the same opinion, the same interest, the same emotions and the same desires as the Word of God, Jesus Christ and other believers who seek God.



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Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

Complete Text

General Text




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Personal

Recharged mind and soul to reengage life

Church

The Private prayer time and study habits of members
Budget
Tonga



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Looking from the top of the remains of the city of Jericho at the palm trees and the oasis created in the wilderness by the natural spring of water that has always kept this area green.
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Details of the west wall of the city of Jerusalem.
(Note: this is not the Western Wall of the Temple Mount
known as the Prayer Plaza.




Someone to Quote

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"God has condescended to become an author, and yet people will not read his writings. There are very few that ever gave this Book of God, the grand charter of salvation, one fair reading through." - George Whitefield

Something to Ponder

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Men like Friedrich Nietzsche, Robert Ingersoll, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris are known as philosophers, journalists, orators, but not scientist. But, their opinion is often received as the voice of an expert on the supposed conflict between biblical religion and scientific fact.
Yet, men like Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel, Max Planck, Louis Pasteur, and Albert Einstein understood that biblical religion made modern science possible.

Here’s a Fact

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In 180 AD Tertullian says that the "authentic" original autographs of the Greek letters from Paul still existed in the churches in Corinth, Philippi, Thessalonica, Ephesus and Rome.
Tertullian writes in 180 AD :
"Come now, you who would indulge a better curiosity, if you would apply it to the business of your salvation, run over [to] the apostolic churches, in which the very thrones of the apostles are still pre-eminent in their places, in which their own authentic writings are read, uttering the voice and representing the face of each of them severally.”
(details here and here)

Proverb

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"Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men."

- Proverbs 22:29

Coach’s Corner

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When you think your words are wise and your ideas are brilliant, test your judgment by imagining how they would sound to you if someone you do not like presented them to you.

Philippians 3:15
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Following Paul’s Example
15 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.
Philippians 3:19
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19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
Philippians 3:18-19
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18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
Zephaniah 3:8
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Therefore wait for me,”     declares the Lord,     “for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations,     to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them—     all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed     by the fire of my jealous anger.
Job 32:4
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Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.
2 Kings 7:9
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Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”
Hosea 6:9
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As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,     so do bands of priests; they murder on the road to Shechem,     carrying out their wicked schemes.
Isaiah 8:17
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I will wait for the Lord,     who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.
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Isaiah 64:4
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Since ancient times no one has heard,     no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you,     who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
Psalm 33:20
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We wait in hope for the Lord;     he is our help and our shield.
John 14
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Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.
Acts 28
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Paul Ashore on Malta
28 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
Paul’s Arrival at Rome
11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. 13 From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. 14 There we found some brothers and sisters who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome. 15 The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard
17 Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: “My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. 19 The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”
21 They replied, “We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of our people who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.”
23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
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“‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding;     you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
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For this people’s heart has become calloused;     they hardly hear with their ears,     and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes,     hear with their ears,     understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
28 “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” [29] 
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
James 1-3
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James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greetings.
Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Favoritism Forbidden
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Taming the Tongue
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Two Kinds of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

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