Sunday, February 5, 2012

Philippians Introduction

Philippians has been one of my favorite books of the Bible since I was very young. A common choice as a favorite, I am sure. What with all the joy and all. However, once you get into the meat of the epistle, that joy begins to look like a difficult thing to swallow.

I think in the beginning my love of Philippians had a lot to do with the background story. Acts 16 is full of some of the more fascinating events in the story of redemption. (see more here, and here.)

It is also the address for one of my first “life” verses: chapter one, verse six. I know some people who seek out a verse every year, but I have never done that. In my decades of life there have only been two or three verses that attached themselves to me at a specific point in time and have continued to be an influence on me throughout life. This was the first, but more on that later.

Imagine my surprise, then, as I prepared to take a long, slow look at Philippians here: I don’t have a single commentary of devotional volume on the book! Perhaps that is for the best…

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