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Philippians 3:12-21 Devotional 4/21/2020

Start by reading Philippians 3:12-21 Philippians is such an inspirational and encouraging book. As we've learned, the letter of Paul to the Philippians was written from prison and verses 12-16 of chapter 3 describe Paul's progress in the Gospel: Through Christ, Not the Law. Paul emphasizes the need for progress in Christian living, presenting himself as one who continuall...

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Philippians 4:1-9 Devotional 4/23/2020

Start by reading Philippians 4:1-9 After Paul's pastoral heart overflows again with love and longing for his beloved church family, his joy and his crown, he reminds them to stand firm in the Lord. He calls for disputing members to agree that going to heaven is far greater than whatever their disputing over. We are then commanded to rejoice, rejoice in the Lord always tha...

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Philippians 4:10-23 Devotional 4/28/2020

Start by reading Philippians 4:10-23 In this passage, Paul is concluding his letter. He ends it by thanking the Philippian church for partnering with him financially. It seems that they were one of the only churches that cared enough to take up an offering for him, and Paul wants to recognize their gift and give a little theology to undergird their generosity.And in Verse...

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Doxa Church COVID-19 Update: 4/22/2020

Doxa, Today I want to give you guys an update for what the month of May is looking like for our Church. It's safe to say that we will begin May the way April has been, having Sunday Worship, Small Groups, Doxa Students, etc. online. We are hopeful that the number of people that can gather together in California will grow as the month goes on, and we can move forward with m...

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Philippians 1:1-18 Devotional 4/2/2020

Start by reading Philippians 1:1-18 Paul's letter to the Philippian church is all about the gospel. He identifies them as his partner in the spread of the gospel, and now that he is in prison he is asking them to join with him all the more to spread the gospel. In the midst of that plea, he tells all of us something profound: Jesus misses his people. Did you know that? W...

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Philippians 1:18b-30 Devotional 4/7/2020

Start by readingPhilippians 1:18b-30 Rejoicing that transcends all restrictions, distances, circumstances, yes, even life itself. When a people's greatest hope is in the gospel, Christ will be magnified, and His people will rejoice. Yes, they will rejoice! The Apostle Paul was doing his second, two-year term in prison, shut off and separated from his beloved church famil...

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Philippians 2:1-11 Devotional 4/9/2020

Start by reading Philippians 2:1-11 Let's focus on verses 6-8 to help us see some implications for our lives. Starting in verse 6 - "...Christ Jesus, who, though in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himse...

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Philippians 2:12-30 Devotional 4/14/2020

Start by reading Philippians 2:12-30 A few weeks ago, we observed that Paul calls the church to act in a "manner worthy of the gospel of Christ" (1:27), and that he commands us to live humbly and sacrificially for one another (2:3-4). After addressing the church explicitly, he then draws our attention to the quintessential example of humility in the perfect obedience of o...

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Philippians 3:1-11 Devotional 4/16/2020

Start by reading Philippians 3:1-11 In this passage we see Paul tackle a hard but necessary correction in the Philippian church: Ascribing value between earthly and eternal things.Paul calls out a group known as the Judaizers who believed Gentiles must first become Jewish in order to then become a Christian (those who mutilate the flesh referring to circumcision). This gr...

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The State Of Small Groups During COVID-19

Recently we asked Small Group Leaders to fill out a survey of how their groups are going and the responses were very encouraging. While in many cases the struggles were predictable (tech issues, inconsistent communication, distractions, and multi-tasking), what shined through was the dedication, love, and community being expressed and strengthened even in these uncertain a...

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Doxa Church COVID-19 Update 3/31/2020

Doxa Church, In light of the extended social distancing guidelines suggested by our President, we will continue to have church in our homes at least through April. We know and trust that God will use this time for His Glory and our good regardless of where we are worshipping. We want to let you know about a few new things that will be coming out this week and next week o...

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