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8/232018

Context is Key: According to His Riches

By | August 23rd, 2018|Series Notes, Theology|

For those who don’t know this, I am bilingual. My family comes from Cuba, and my parents don’t speak a lot of English. In fact, Spanish was my first language, and I even spent a year as a Spanish teacher. One thing I’ve noticed as a bilingual person is just how much gets lost in translation. It’s crazy how often I try to translate something for my parents and get stuck because a certain phrase or word simply does not [...]

8/192018

Philippians Commentary: Day 49

By | August 19th, 2018|Series Notes|

“Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”—Philippians 4:21–23 (NKJV) VERSE MEANING Paul closed this powerful and beautiful letter as he did all his other letters: with an affectionate and warm salutation from himself and those with him. Often, his goodbyes included a general greeting to all the brothers [...]

8/182018

Philippians Commentary: Day 48

By | August 18th, 2018|Series Notes|

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”—Philippians 4:19–20 (NKJV) VERSE MEANING Plērōsei: To supply; to fill to the maximum (full extent), to the limit of one’s capacity. The root word (plē) describes fullness and totality; it implies full quantity (“to the brim”). Ploutos: Riches, wealth, abundance (materially or spiritually); much in number, quantity; to flow. This word was [...]

8/172018

Philippians Commentary: Day 47

By | August 17th, 2018|Series Notes|

“Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.”—Philippians 4:17–18 (NKJV) VERSE MEANING Reiterating that this isn’t an indictment of other churches, nor an appeal for aid, the apostle Paul states that what he “diligently seeks” (epizētō) is for the fruit (karpon) of their generosity [...]

8/162018

Philippians Commentary: Day 46

By | August 16th, 2018|Series Notes|

“Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.”—Philippians 4:15–16 (NKJV) VERSE MEANING Here, when Paul mentions the beginning of the gospel, he is specifically referring to the birth of the church in Philippi and their sister churches in Macedonia. The time period the apostle is referencing [...]

8/152018

Philippians Commentary: Day 45

By | August 15th, 2018|Series Notes|

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.”—Philippians 4:13–14 (NKJV) VERSE MEANING This commonly quoted verse is actually more accurately phrased: “Through Christ, I have strength in all things.” In context, the verse isn’t referring to being able to do all things. Instead, the apostle Paul is stating that he is able to endure or bear anything that has come—and will come—his way through the strength Christ [...]