a word from The Sponsor ~ October 4

Philippians 4_13





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thoughts on Philippians 4:13

Today, my graduate student Kortney shared Philippians 4:13 as her “Go-To” Bible verse. In God’s gentle nudging in life, this verse was also an integral part of my day too.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

This verse and the book of Philippians also appears to be God’s “Go-To” book and verse for me today too. This morning, our Bible scholar explained that the Apostle/Teacher Paul wrote this verse while in jail. Paul was chained in a crowded, drafty Roman jail cell. The jail did not provide clothes nor food. Paul relied on others for these essentials. 

Although under continuous scrutiny by guards, Paul continued his mission. During one prison term, he even converted one of the Philippian guards (Acts 16:25-40).

Our Bible scholar shared that Philippians was one of the happiest letters that Paul wrote. Despite terrible conditions and the imminent threat of death, Paul exclaimed: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Thoughts slammed hard at me as I listened. Despite the foreshadow of death, Paul looked beyond his circumstances. My high school friend, Tracey and I have joked about the crisis cavalcade of 2020 and our 2020 Bingo board (and mine has actually morphed into an alphabetized 2020 Bingo list). 

However, as bad as 2020 has been, for almost all of us, we have been blessed to be at home. Our response to the pandemic has occurred in our homes, far away from drafty Roman jails. We have been at home. 

So, the question for my grad students today is “What one positive thing can you do this week through Christ who strengthens you?” Only a positive action for the upcoming week through Christ who shares His strength. Sometimes folks almost exclusively identify with the negative aspect of circumstances, going all the way back to the manna days.

It is therapeutically advantageous to follow Paul’s lead and hold fast to what is good, which is my own “Go-To” verse.

“What one thing can you do this week through Christ who strengthens you?” 



a word from The Sponsor ~ January 5, 2020


A Bible verse shared by one of my graduate students…

“I can do ALL things thorugh Christ who strengths me.” Philippians 4:13

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This Weekend: Easy Weekend Activity~ Carry on

Knowing that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you…*

Carry on my wayward son  Listen
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more
Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher
But I flew too high
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I’m dreaming
I can hear them say
Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man,
well It surely means that I don’t know
On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Tossed about I’m like a ship on the ocean
I set a course for winds of fortune
But I hear the voices say
Carry on, you will always remember
Carry on, nothing equals the splendor
Now your life’s no longer empty
But surely heaven waits for you
Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry (don’t you cry no more)

*Philippians 4:13

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