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Philippians 1:1-11 (1 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Take your Bible and turn please to the book of Philippians. Now .. sometimes I get Philippians .. Galatians .. Ephesians mixed up when I try to find one of them. Does that ever happen to you? Well if so .. just remember this: General Electric Power Company. Galatians .. Ephesians .. Philippians .. Colossians. General Electric Power Company.
Now if you can remember that ... it will help you locate those four books in the New Testament. And if you cannot remember General Electric Power Company .. just find the table of contents and the page the book if found on!
All right ... by now you've found the book of Philippians. Tonight .. we're beginning a new study through the book of Philippians. On Sunday morning we're going through the book of Exodus where we're learning how to say good-bye to bondage and hello to blessing. On Sunday nights we're going through the book of Acts where we're learning about how to be a first century church in a twentieth century world. And now on Wednesday nights .. starting tonight .. we're going through the book of Philippians where we're going to learn the secret of joy!
Is your life marked by joy? Can you sing tonight, "I've got the joy .. joy .. joy .. joy down in my heart?" Can you say tonight along with the Psalmist in Psalm 16.11, "You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
"In Your presence is fullness of joy." And listen to Paul in Galatians 5.22, "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace .." Do you realize tonight that the life lived in His presence and controlled by His Spirit is marked by joy?
So why do we see so little joy among the people of God? You say, "It's because life is so hard!" Wait just a minute! The book of Philippians is a book about joy! In fact ... you're going to find some form of the word "joy" 19 times in these 4 chapters. And do you kno ...
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