by Jeff Strite

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An All Weather Love (2 of 3)
Series: Falling In Love With Jesus
Jeff Strite
Philippians 1:1-30

OPEN: A young man's fiancé had broken off their engagement.

But a couple of months later, he received the following letter from her:

Dearest Jimmy,
No words could ever express the great unhappiness I've felt since breaking our engagement.
Please say you'll take me back.
No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me.
I love you, I love you, I love you! Yours forever, Marie.
P.S.: And congratulations on willing the state lottery.

APPLY: How many of you believe that her words of love don't ring quite true?
She SAID she loved him.
She SAID she wanted him back
But it was fairly obvious it wasn't him she really wanted.
She was willing to love him because he had lots of money. But once the money was gone - so would she.

For her - to live was the lottery.
For her - to live was the value of his wealth and the blessings that would bring to her.
But she really didn't really love. And she didn't really want to live for him.
Hers was a "fair-weather" love. In other words, as long as the weather was fair and pleasant, she'd be faithful.

Too often, Christians can respond to God in the same way.
As long as God does what we ask…
As long as He answers our prayers the way we want them answered…
As long as life goes exactly the way we believe it ought to…
… then we'll live for Him
But if not… (pause)

Here in Philippians, Paul's giving us a different look at Christianity.

The chapter we're reading today comes from one of the "Prison Epistles". They were letters Paul wrote while he was under house arrest in Rome. He was in chains because of his faith in Christ

Not only is Paul under arrest, there's a good possibility he might soon die.

In Philippians 1:20 Paul tells his friends in Philippi: "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ wil ...

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