God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan – The Gospel (3 of 14) by Steve Jones

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God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan – The Gospel (3 of 14)
Series: God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan
Steve Jones
Philippians 1

INTRODUCTION: A middle-aged man was visiting his parents in a retirement village in Florida. He went for a swim in the community pool while his elderly father took a walk. He struck up a conversation with the only other person in the pool, a five-year-old boy. After a while, the man's father returned from his walk and called out, "I'm ready to leave." The man turned to his new friend and announced that he had to leave because his father was calling. Astonished, the wide-eyed little boy cried out, "You mean to tell me you're a KID?"

Interesting how one's perspective alters the way different people view the same object. It was that way with the chains that bound the apostle Paul. Paul was under house arrest in Rome when he wrote his letter to the Philippian church. He was bound by a chain to a guard. I think most people would be pretty depressed by a chain, don't you?

Remember that old song, chain gang?

Ho Ha Ho Ha I hear somthin' sayin'
Ho Ha Ho Ha - Ho Ha Ho Ha
Well don't you know – that's the sound of the men
– workin' on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men workin' on the chain gang.
All day long they're sayin' Ho – Ha – Ho – Ha;
Ho – Ha – Ho – Ha
Well don't you know – that's the sound of the men –
workin' on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men workin' on the chain gang.

All day long they work so hard – 'Till the sun is going down
Workin on the highways and byways
– And wearing, wearing a frown
You hear them moanin' their lives away
– Then you hear somebody say
That's the sound of the men – workin' on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men workin' on the chain gang.

That song typifies the way most of us would feel if we were chained up all the time. We would be "wearing a frown", "moaning" complaining "my work is so hard", and rightly so. Chains aren't fun. Chains aren't gla ...


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