Don’t Give Up, Give Thanks
Philippians 4:10-23

Thanksgiving is so many things to so many different people: it is the beginning of the holiday season; it is the beginning of a steady diet of large quantities of good food; it marks the time that kids can begin to make their Christmas wish list; it begins the count-down to that time of the year when there is nothing on T.V. but college football bowl games; and for some it is an opportunity to stop and express heartfelt gratitude for God?s bounteous blessings!

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Philippians 4:10-23”

Friendships That Build and Bless
Philippians 1:1-11

Friends. The mention of the word stirs all kinds of emotions within our hearts and minds. When we find our health failing and we become unable to take care of ourselves — a friend lightens our heavy burden. When our birthday rolls around and we have people to help us celebrate that special day — a friend magnifies our joy. When we lose our job and depression threatens us at every turn — a friend sheds light into dark places. When we experience the joy of child-birth with all of its overwhelming emotions — a friend affirms our feelings of joy. On the other hand, when we share in a relationship with someone only to have our trust trounced under foot — a friend becomes an adversary. When we find out that a friend has taken advantage of us — a friend becomes a foe. When we find out that our friend is “two-faced” and is speaking negatively about us when we are not around — a friend becomes an antagonist. Friends can share with us when our hearts soar with excitement and celebration; and friends can cut us so deeply that the wounds may never heal without help from God.

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Philippians 1:1-11”

The Gift of a Friend
Philippians 1:1-11

Friend. The mention of the word stirs all kinds of emotions within our hearts and minds. When we find our health failing and we become unable to take care of ourselves?a friend lightens our load. When our birthday rolls around and we have people who want to celebrate with us?a friend magnifies our joy. When we?ve lost our job and depression threatens us at every turn?a friend sheds light into dark places. When we experience the joy of childbirth with all of its overwhelming emotions?a friend affirms our feelings. On the other hand, when we share a relationship with someone only to have our trust trounced under foot?a friend becomes an adversary. When we find out that a friend has taken advantage of us?a friend becomes a foe. When we find out that our friend is ?two-faced? and is talking behind our backs?a friend becomes an antagonist. Friends can share with us when our hearts soar with excitement and celebration; and friends can cut us so deeply that we think the wounds will never heal.

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Philippians 1:1-11”