Today’s readings.. (1 Chronicles 26), (Ezekiel 35), (Phillipians 3,4)

The Apostle Paul is very emotional as he expresses his thoughts in his letter to the believers at Philippi.  He makes us realize that a fully committed belief in Christ goes hand in hand with a fullness of conviction which creates, as a result, a living relationship day by day with our Lord Jesus.

His words, to be fully appreciated,  require us to engage in emotional meditation if we are to capture the fullness of his heart felt message. Paul is greatly distressed about those who have failed to achieve this vital attitude of commitment, it is an attitude created by seeing the unseen! Do you know personally what we mean?

This ‘knowing’ must be at the heart of all true and genuine lives of faith.   It is true that there will be some occasions when such a vision fails, men like David and Elijah experienced this; let us realize how David’s Psalms show his seeing’ was the driving force in his life.

The letter of Paul to the Philippines is the most positive of all his letters, yet even at Philippi he had many failures to grieve over. He writes of “many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.” (Ch. 3 v.18)

What were they doing to make them enemies?  One thing Paul says is “their God is their belly”!!  It reminds us of the parable of Jesus about the man who had his mind focussed on this life’s blessings and said to himself, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years, relax, eat, drink, be merry.” [Luke 12 v.19] This is the aim of so many today whether they have “ample goods” or not. Without Christ, lives lived with this as a dominating focus of thought can and will come to a sudden and – an eternally sad – end.

Paul sums up the attitude that distressed him by stating that such have their “minds set on earthly things.” [v.19]  Undoubtedly those who did this, did not see they were doing so, they would usually find time to go and worship for an hour or two on the first day of the week.

The most positive part of Paul’s message is his appeal, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us” [v.17] “One thing I do … I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus … let us hold true to what we have attained.” [v.13,14,16]

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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