May 302010

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy – Philippians4:14-23 – by Pastor Rudy Dolloso Jr. – Sunday, 05/30/2010

Believers cannot begin to comprehend God’s riches in glory—his riches are limitless, infinite. If it is from that storehouse that believers’ needs are met. We may not get all that we want, but God will provide what we need. By trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for Him.

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May 302010

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy – Philippians4:10-13 – by Pastor Rudy Dolloso Jr. – Sunday, 05/23/2010

A contented person is confident in God’s providence, satisfied with little, independent from circumstances, strengthened by divine power, and preoccupied with the well-being of others. When life is tough, when you are tempted to lose contentmen…t always remember, “It could be worse.”

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May 102010

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy – Philippians4:4-7 – by Pastor Rudy Dolloso Jr. – Sunday, 05/09/2010

People become worried, anxious, and fearful because they do not trust in God’s wisdom, power, or goodness. They fear that God is not wise enough, strong enough, or good enough to prevent disaster. It may be that this sinful doubt is because their knowledge of Him is faulty, or that sin in their lives has crippled their faith.

Thankful prayer brings release from fear and worry, because it affirms God’s sovereign control over every circumstance, and that His purpose is the believer’s good (Rom. 8:28).

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May 022010

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy – Philippians 3:18-4:1 – by Pastor Rudy Dolloso Jr. – Sunday, 05/02/2010

Paul gets tough with mere earthlings here: people who live to appease their appetites, who believe so strongly in their greatness that they become slaves to pride.

What horrible people these must be, so concerned with earthly trivia that even at worship their minds wander to dinner arrangements and weekly appointments. So consumed with work that worship is inconvenient. So busy planning the next party that prayer gets pushed aside once again. Paul wants none of these people in the church.

Are we in danger of being enemies of the Cross? Is too much of our time spent on efforts that will not endure in eternity, seeking earthly pleasures, satisfying our physical desires? We must set our minds on knowing Christ, not on pursuing the things of this world.

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Apr 212010

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy – Philippians 3:12-16 – by Pastor Rudy Dolloso Jr. – Sunday, 04/18/2010

Paul’s pursuit was not just one of many things in his life. It was not a factor in just one part of a tightly compartmentalized life. No, it was his life, all of it. There was only one thing he did, and that was to seek after knowing Christ. Everything else in his life was determined by whether or not it would help him meet that goal and gain that prize. How different was Paul’s life from the fragmented, compartmentalized, privatized life typical of so many American believers.

Pursue Christ with the maximum exertion of every fiber of your being. Go hard after him. Strain forward.

And so, brothers and sisters, I urge you, I plead with you, for the sake of your own joy and for the honor and glory of God, be like Paul. Pursue the discontented Christian life. Cultivate holy discontentment. Cultivate holy zeal for more of Christ.

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Apr 172010

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy – Philippians 3:1-11 – by Pastor Rudy Dolloso Jr. – Sunday, 04/11/2010

What are the things that stir your affections for Christ?

What are the secondary pursuits in our loves that distract us from the primary?

If you and I want to truly know Christ it’s going to cost us. Knowing Jesus requires that you and I take stock of our gains, our prestige, our very personages and like Paul, consider their worth in light of Christ. What does it mean to know Christ? What will it cost us? What will we gain?
The goal is not to be looking good on the outside, but to have our goal be HIM.

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Mar 252010

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy – Philippians 2:19-24 – by Pastor Rudy Dolloso Jr. – Sunday, 03/21/2010

Philippians 2:17–30 presents three men whose lives are exceptional patterns for godly living. It highlights the apostle’s personal care for the Philippian church, as they seek to live lives worthy of the Gospel.

Timothy surrendered any personal plans he may have had for his life. He began a non-stop adventure that would bring him great fruitfulness and spiritual satisfaction, but that would also involve suffering and sacrifice.
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