Because of Our Hope

Paul opens his letter to the believers in Colosse, wishing them Grace and Peace from God the Father, and letting them know that he offers continual prayers and thanks to God on their behalf.

“For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in Heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. Colossians 1:4,5 NLT

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God Will Supply

As he finishes up his letter to the Church in Philippi, Paul expresses his gratitude to them for their support. They alone, of all the cities Paul had visited in the area, had given him aid while he was preaching there, and also as he was leaving. Now again, while Paul was imprisoned in Rome, they had sent him a generous gift. Paul assures them that their generosity pleases God well.

“And the same God Who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus,” he tells them. Philippians 4:19 NLT

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He Gives Us Strength

In the closing portions of his letter to the believers in Philippi, Paul thanks them for their concern for him and their gifts of support for him. He had learned, he says, how to live in contentment, whether in times of plenty or in times of extreme scarcity.

“For I can do everything,” he writes, “through Christ Who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NLT

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Focusing Our Thinking

As he comes near to the end of his letter to the Church in Philippi, Paul has this to say. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me– every thing you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of Peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8,9 NLT

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Guarded by God’s Peace

“Don’t worry about anything,” Paul writes to the believers in Philippi. “Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then, you will experience God’s Peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7 NLT

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The Lord is Near

After encouraging the Christians at Philippi to “always be full of joy in the Lord,” Paul writes this: “Let everyone see that you are considerate in all that you do. The Lord is coming soon. (Or, the Lord is near.)” In the King James version, this is translated “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” Philippians 4:5  NLT, and KJV.

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Full of Joy

“Always be full of joy in the Lord,” Paul writes to the Philippian believers. “I say it again– Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NLT

Nehemiah, the governor who rebuilt Jerusalem as the Jews returned from seventy years in exile, put it this way: “The Joy of the Lord is your strength!”

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