Dear Precious Team
I am so grateful to have Jennifer now join our team. That makes for 8 of us who are actively memorizing Philippians 2. You don’t realize how incredibly grateful I am for each one of you. Not because this is my group as it’s not - rather it is our team. But what so encourages me is the fact that all of you are memorizing and incorporating scripture into your lives. It has changed me. His Word in my life helps me to discover how much my mind was filled with “nothingness” and to memorize takes effort but when it is acquired, it speaks loudly to me with words and concepts that are eternal.
I have gotten myself into trouble by sharing my views on such profound, rich verses that are so full of meaning that is radically different than much of scripture. Let it soak in and I feel that it manifests itself into some deep direction to our lives. I’m sorry if I overstepped my boundary by expressing some controversial statements. Having said that, I’d encourage each of you to let us know how God’s Word has spoken to you. It inspires us all to see how many aspects of our lives can be touched in such a variety of ways with just a few words. For some of us, it’ll invoke the response that we never saw it like that before and it helps us shape meaning into the verses. Other times, we won’t see it that way but we are glad that it is more than words but giving you direction as how you are to walk. I am so thankful for God’s Word and that we are all digesting it together.
OK, enough talk. Here are the rich verses for the week. One verse concludes a thought and the other verse begins a new subject but bases it on the words expressed earlier. So often we get that word “therefore” that tells us that because of what has been expressed, here is the result. Once again, the verbiage is especially profound. Enjoy! Here goes:
Philippians 2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, (ESV)
Philippians 2:11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, (NIV)
Philippians 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; (NKJV)