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The Joy of Prayer
Rev. Dr. Art Steven

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Good morning Radio Listeners and welcome to the Radio Chaplain Program. This morning's reading will be taken from St. Paul's letter to the Philippians, Chapter One and verses three through seven. 

Paul writes:  "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now:  Being confident of this very theng, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day jof Jesus Christ:  Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart:  inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye all are partakers of my Grace." 

Here ends our Reading and I trust that God will add His blessing to the reading of His Word.

Paul had to establish the Church there and he begins his letter by thanking them for all of the help they had provided to him while he was there.  He goes on to encourage them by saying in his own way that God was not finished with them and they would go on to do more work for the gospel of Jesus Christ.  What I like about this letter is the attitude that Paul has with his co-labors in Christ.  He does not try to take credit for everything.  Instead of bragging about all of the good he did in establishing the Church he thanks them for helping him at the beginning of his ministry and all the way to the present time.

This passage is a good example how the Gospel of Jesus Christ will make a person free.  Many people reading this passage would think that Paul was involved with a Church where everyone was in harmony with each other.  The opposite is true.  Paul experienced problems with each other.  The opposite is true.  Paul experienced problems with false teachers within the Church and was the victim of their unwarranted attacks on his character.   If this bothered him you couldn't find it in a letter.  Instead of pointing his finger at the troublemakers he is complimenting the good folks for their help.  When a person accepts what Jesus Christ did on their behalf , sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.  That is a song but its words tell a Gospel Truth. There is a sort of a song, that says, "Jesus paid it all, all to Him.

Paul and those who had labored with him in the Church had what is known as an 18 inch conversion.  An 18 inch conversion is when the Gospel of Jesus Christ goes from a person's head to their heart.  It works every time and if you have not tried it do it today!


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