An “in Christ” Mindset

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:1-2 ESV) Notice how Paul begins the letter to the Philippians. He calls Paul and Timothy “servants” or “slaves” of Jesus. He then refers to the rest of the Christians at Philippi as “saints.” Paul sees them as having their identity in Christ. Paul’s approach makes me think about how those in one’s local and extended church families should be addressed. And …keep reading »


Devotion On Grace

Our Bible passage for this devotion is Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV) In today’s culture, much like the time when this passage was written, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s grace towards mankind, especially, as it relates to salvation. In America, for example, there is a prevalent attitude that doing more gets you more. Or that doing good will give you more “good” into your life and that …keep reading »