Rejoice! Paul uses words like joy to describe the depths of happiness he has found in identifying with Jesus as Messiah. This isn’t a happiness devoid of reality, where he invites the church at Philippi to wear Christian rose colored glasses. This sort of happiness embraces struggles, pain, suffering, and broken relationships. It holds the frustrations of life, names the circumstances we can’t control, and yet chooses a joy-filled contentment that can only be explained by having encountered the God of the universe in Jesus Christ. Journey with us through Paul’s powerful letter: Philippians. (We watched a video by Bruxy Cavey that covered verse 1.12 through the end of the chapter in the previous week.)

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