My last post series was called “I Just Wanna Be Happy!!”,http://wp.me/p5nZpi-kK.
In that 4 part series, I touched on the difference between joy and happiness. I suggested that it is better to experience joy, which perseveres and is ongoing, verses happiness, which is temporary and fleeting.
Today I’d like to introduce the Book of Philippians. I have chosen this book to follow the series “I Just Wanna Be Happy!!” because it reveals the secret to experiencing joy.
The Book of Philippians was a letter written by the Apostle Paul, in approximately A.D. 61, to a church, in the Macedonian city, of Philippi. Paul had a special relationship with the Philippians. This letter expresses how much he cared for them, as well as, to thank them for the gift they sent him.
Keep in mind as we read this letter, that Paul wrote this letter while imprisoned in Philippi.
Paul started the church at Philippi on his second missionary trip to the area. Philippi was located in Greece, and was the first church established in Europe. Below are ruins from Philippi.
After Paul’s conversion, dated approximately A.D. 33-36 on the road to Damascus, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord. To read more about Paul’s conversion, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9%3A1-22&version=NLT.
On his journey he experienced terrible poverty, great wealth, and everything in-between. No matter what his circumstance, Paul learned to be content. He says in Philippians 4:12, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need…
Keep an eye out for my next post, and discover the secret to Paul’s joy.
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