May 31, 2016

Read Philippians 1:1-6
Let’s face it!  There are times in each of our lives when we may feel a little depressed.  Most of my life, the word “depression”  was a word that applied to some one else - not me!  But in the past few years, I think I have come closer to understanding what it really means to be depressed. I have found myself staring into space - shocked by what is going on around us - a world that is constantly changing, a world that challenges our faith every day of our lives.  
Not only in these first six verses of Philippians, but in the entire letter, Paul the great encourager, challenges the brethren in Philippi to “keep the Faith” as they face all forms of adversity and challenges, as they try to live out their Christian Faith. And of course, Paul could speak out with authority there in prison, in chains, being challenged for his own faith.  He is telling the brothers in the Church in Philippi, as well as us, that we must  “fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”  As the words of that beautiful chorus reminds us:
            “Turn your eyes upon Jesus
            Look full in in His wonderful face.
            And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
            In the light of His Glory and Grace.”

May  God  our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give us a grand portion of His Grace and Peace as we fix our eyes constantly upon Him.  Amen.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.