The Phil Files

Musings & messages on everyday worship, Jesus, and the stuff of life.

Let it… snow?

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Sorry, but I couldn’t resist posting this Christmas song that is so appropriate for west Texas right now. Who needs “may the force be with you” when you can “make it so”?


 


 

And to borrow another media saying going all the way back to Hill Street Blues, “Be careful out there!”

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December 5th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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Welcoming Strangers!

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“I was a stranger and you took me in!” — Jesus, Gospel of Matthew chapter 25.

What would happen if we greeted strangers in our church buildings and in other areas of our daily lives with a commitment to display and share the grace of Jesus and tear down the distance caused by our not knowing one another and our basic human suspicion of others who are different from us?

I’m not sure, but this little photography project reminds us of the possibilities — and this is just a bare minimum start!


 


 

As we are reminded, some in their kindness to strangers have entertained heaven’s angels without even being aware of it at the time!

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrews 13:1-2 NLT).

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October 28th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

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This is MY Story… and Hopefully YOUR Story, too!

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Sometimes you stumble onto something that shows and sings the truth better than you can say it.

This says it well.

This is MY story because of God’s grace. Hopefully, by God’s grace, it is your story, too!

Let’s share it!

 

 

From Worship House Media. To learn more about the video follow this link!

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October 5th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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Death by living means… LIFE!

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The following is a video promoting a new book. I know nothing about the book, but I am intrigued by the tag line:

We stand in the now. God says create. Live. Choose. Shape the past. Etch your life in stone, and what you make will be forever.

 

I love the ending when the dad asks his kids and they respond:

Dad: “What’s the point of the whole Bible?”

Kids: “Kill the dragon, get the girl!”

Yep, what a simple summary. Jesus came to kill the dragon that held us all in bondage to his fiery death. Jesus will come again to bring His Bride home in victory, glory, and joy.

Can’t wait for that wedding feast!

So here’s the video. Be blessed!

 

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September 23rd, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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I Believe in Jesus

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There are so many distractions that the heart of our faith often gets forgotten. So here are two simple reminders of the core of our faith — one from Scripture and one artistically done to affirm that Scripture. I hope they bless you as they have blessed me this morning

Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I preached to you when we first met. It’s the essential message that you have taken to heart, the central story you now base your life on; and through this gospel, you are liberated—unless, of course, your faith has come to nothing. For I passed down to you the crux of it all which I had also received from others, that the Anointed One, the Liberating King, died for our sins and was buried and raised from the dead on the third day. All this happened to fulfill the Scriptures; it was the perfect climax to God’s covenant story. Afterward He appeared alive to Cephas (you may know him as Simon Peter), then to the rest of the twelve. If that were not amazing enough, on one occasion, He appeared to more than 500 believers at one time. Many of those brothers and sisters are still around to tell the story, though some have fallen asleep in Jesus.

 

If for some reason you cannot see the video, go here: Worship House Media.

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August 30th, 2013 at 7:59 am

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A dream… lost?

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“I have a dream…”"I have a dream..."

Fifty years ago.

Washington, DC.

Lincoln Memorial.

Civil Rights.

Discrimination. Segregation. Racial hatred. All eclipsed with hope… from Christian faith… out of the language of Scripture… in a sermon that changed a nation.

But now, many want to remove Christian faith from the public square and public speech and from public discussion. The faith that inspired Lincoln and propelled Martin Luther King, Jr., and fueled the change that was too long in coming.

So now, on the fiftieth anniversary of MLK’s powerful speech, our public square is strangely silent and our public officials — and especially our President — our deafeningly silent and complicit in the murder, torture, and persecution of Christians in Egypt and Syria. We’re afraid of offending Muslims and leave Christians to be slaughtered, brutalized, and forgotten. If MLK’s powerful speech means anything, it means this: no person, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or nationality, should be afraid to live out their faith. And when we stop standing up for this, then we have a dream lost.

Worst of all, Christians in the west sit passively saying nothing.

10-year-old Jessica Boulous, daughter of a Christian family gunned down in Cairo. Is her life a dream lost because we do not seem to notice or care?

Don’t believe me? Read this powerful article by an atheist in a Jewish publication questioning how this could be so: WHERE ARE PROTESTS AGAINST MURDERS OF CHRISTIANS!?

I have a dream!

Racial reconciliation.

God’s Kingdom coming.

God’s people caring.

Where color and country don’t matter and character does.

So where is our concern? Even more, where is our character?

For more on how to care, to express your concern, and to help, please see: Help?

We need to pray, as MLK did fifty years ago:

But let justice roll down like waters

And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream (Amos 5:24 NASB).

God has a dream!

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.  And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10 NLT)

Will we share in God’s dream or sit silently by?

 

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August 28th, 2013 at 4:23 pm