by Jerry Vines

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Goodbye, Philippi (21 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
Jerry Vines
Philippians 4:14-23

These final words of Paul to his beloved Philippian church form a thank you to them for the gift that they had sent to him. Of course, you understand that the church at Philippi was greatly loved by the Apostle Paul. I think it is possible to build a case that this was his favorite church of all the churches he established.

You may recall in the first chapter verse 3 that he said, ''I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.'' They were a source of constant gratitude and thanksgiving.

Then you may recall in chapter 4, verse 1, that he calls them his brethren. He says, ''My brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown.''

The Apostle Paul is writing to this favorite church, this greatly loved people of God that he had been able to establish. He is thanking them for the gracious gift which they have sent to him.

You will notice that he says in verse 14, ''Notwithstanding, ye have well done.'' He is literally saying, ''You have done a beautiful thing.'' He is thanking them for that gift.

It is important that we learn the grace of gratitude. My father went to heaven in August of this year. He taught me many important lessons in my life. One of the greatest things my father ever taught me was to be thankful for what people do. My dad said to me, ''Learn to say 'Thank You.'''

I would encourage you to learn to say, ''Thank you'' when someone does something for you. It wouldn't hurt to drop a little note in the mail and say, ''Thank you,'' for what people do.

These final words are really kind of a ''thank you'' for the gift that the believers of Philippi had sent to the Apostle Paul. But it is also kind of like a receipt.

In verse 18 he says, ''But I have all, and abound.'' The word used there was a word used in business transactions. It was kind of like a receipt. ''I have all.'' Paul is saying, ''I am receipting unto you. I am responding to you i ...

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