May 20, 2012

The text for Sunday will be Philippians 4:4-9.  Remember, this is one of Paul’s “prison letters.”  He writes this from his prison cell as a “thank you” letter to the church at Philippi.  They apparently had sent him a “care package.”  This passage begins by saying, “Rejoice, again I say, Rejoice.”  The Message Bible says “Celebrate!” and “let us ‘revel’ in God.”  In the context of this celebrative mood, the flow seems to be (a) don’t worry, (b) release all concerns to God in prayer, (c) think positive thoughts, and in the subsequent paragraph, (d) feel the resultant contentment.