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With God I Can Make It! (10 of 10)
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Phil 4:10 - 23
Maturity is expressed in generosity
We are born with our fists closed and die with our hands open.
Paul is grateful for the maturity that has developed in the Philippian people that they have been concerned for him.
You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.
One of the signs of maturity is to think of someone else!
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5 and Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. She said, "If Jesus were sitting here, he would say, Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait." Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"
The Philippian church had continuously supported Paul in his missionary endeavors. But there must have been a season when they had neglected to do so and now they renewed their help.
10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me.
In fact you will notice that during the time of not hearing from them he still thinks nothing but the best of them.
He makes up an excuse for them.
Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
A man inherited ten million dollars. He had a bad heart so the family decided to let his minister gently break the good news to him so that he wouldn't have a heart attack. So the minister, rather non-chalantly said, "What would you do if you were to inherit ten million dollars?"
Without batting an eye, the man said, "Why, I'd give half of it to the church."
And the minister dropped dead of a heart attack!
This is the conclusion of a thank you letter.
Paul has been sharing so much of his victorious life with them.
(1) Since Growing is God's Plan and (2)I ha ...
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