Week 47   Day 2



            goals raise all kinds of images for us 

                        the athlete and performance

                        the businessman and growth 

                        the teacher and learning

                        the worker and skill

                        the doctor and healing 

                        an individual and self development 


            without a goal we are

                        prisoners of our passions 

                        slaves of our sentiments 


            in moving toward the goal discipline is imperative  

                        we cannot do everything that we would like to do

                        we cannot do anything just because it is interesting 


                                    deciding becomes deliberate 

                                    choosing becomes crucial 


                        one cannot follow all roads 

                        one must pick one at the exclusion of the others


            the goal of the apostle Paul was to be like the Lord 

                        to know and abide in him 

                        to do the things Jesus did 


            the apostle confessed his own imperfections 

            but he was pressing on toward the goal 

                        forgetting what lay behind 

                        straining forward to what lay ahead 


                        even good things have to be delayed 

                        so that the best can be achieved 







                    The power of Christ's resurrection;

                       the "fellowship" of his suffering.

                                     Philippians 3 & 4


    1Finally, rejoice in the Lord.  2Beware of evil workers,

beware of the mutilation!  3For we are the circumcision, who

worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no

confidence in the flesh.  4 If anyone may have confidence in

the flesh, I more so:  5circumcised on the eighth day, of the

stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the

Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6concerning zeal,

persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which

is in the law, blameless.

    7What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss

for Christ, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,

9to be found in Him, having my righteousness which is from

God through faith; 10that I may know Him and the power

of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.

    12 I press on to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has

laid hold of me.  13Forgetting the things which are behind

and reaching forward to things which are ahead, 14 I press

toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of Jesus.

    17Follow my example.  18Many are enemies of the cross: 

19whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly and glory

in their shame--who set their mind on earthy things.  20Our

citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for the Savior.

1My beloved, my joy and crown, stand fast in the Lord. 

    4Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I say, rejoice!  5Let

your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.

    6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer with

thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  7And

the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard

your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    8Whatever things are true and noble, whatever things are

just and pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are

of good report, if there is any virtue or anything praiseworthy--

meditate on these things.  9The things you learned and saw in

me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

   11 I have learned to be content; 12 I know how to be abased,

and how to abound, to be full and to be hungry. 13 I can do

all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    19And my God shall supply all your need according to His

riches in glory. 
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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