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Primary Claim: Yahweh is vastly superior to all the gods of the earth.
You can both win when you both resolve conflict biblically.
All marriages have conflict because there are two sinners living under one roof. In this powerful and practical message, Pastor Cary shares how Christ-centered marriages endure and grow with repentance and forgiveness.
What do your habits reveal about your character? In Philippians 4:1-9, Paul exhorts his readers to demonstrate seven habits that will increasingly characterize the life of a growing, faithful follower of Jesus. In a fallen world, stand firm. In times of conflict, choose unity. At all times, choose joy. With your power, choose gentleness. In times of worry, choose prayer. In your motives, seek to please God and benefit others. In your Christian life, choose action.
To grow so that we can be used effectively by God, it can be helpful to look at those who have gone before us who really got it; heros of the faith; role models.Perhaps you are that person to someone else (whether you know it or not). It would appear that Paul is setting forth Timothy as just such a role model to the church in Philippi, since Timothy exemplifies exactly what Paul has been exhorting in the first major block of teaching in this letter. Timothy had the same mindset as Paul, and he had proven character. We need people like Timothy in our local churches today. So, strive to be a person of proven character and shared vision.
Different people in the church view things differently, whether it relates to how the money is being spent or the building and grounds are being maintained or improved or what style of music or Sunday School curriculum is being used. We're not talking about doctrinal disputes but rather differences of opinion on disputable issues. Paul addressed this subject in several of his letters. One example can be found in Philippians 2:14-18. In this passage, we find that peace in a church is a powerful testimony. In contrast, quarrels short circuit effective ministry. So, when differences of opinion arise in a local church and lead to conflict, sometimes the best thing to do is to fight it out. However, fight right! Be open, talking with the people with whom you disagree. Make honest inquiries rather than heated accusations. Finally, consider the testimony of the church and, if necessary, just let it go. Healthy churches fight; but when they fight, they fight right.