The Phil Files

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

On tiptoe anticipating joy!

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This Sunday we celebrate joy! The long expected Jesus — the Messiah, the Son of God, the One who takes away the sins of the world, the One promised by prophets and Scripture — came in human flesh, God with us, Immanuel.

Peter tells us that angels stood on tiptoe trying to figure out exactly when Jesus, the fulfillment of all the hopes of God’s people, would actually occur:

The prophets who spoke of this outpouring of grace upon you diligently searched and inquired of the Lord about this salvation: to whom and to what time was the indwelling Spirit of the Anointed referring when He told them about the suffering of the Anointed and the honor that would follow it? 12The Spirit revealed to them they were not serving themselves but you. And you have learned from those who told you the good news by the Spirit that was sent down from heaven. Even the heavenly messengers would like to explore this news (1 Peter 1:10-12 The Voice).

So rejoice, the long expected One has come!



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December 12th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

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Make space for peace!

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Slow down and listen to hear the sound of grace and peace!



Thanks Ann!

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December 9th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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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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