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Sample Chapter from “Family Philippians”

familyphilippiansThe design of “Family Philippians” is to enable families to worship together.  Towards that end, each chapter has four sections.

A section of Philippians to read.

A brief time of explanation.

A few questions about the reading.

A guided prayer time.

As families work through the book, they will eventually read the entire book of Philippians together and get to enjoy and complete thought in scripture together.  Enjoy this chapter from Philippians 1:12-14 as an example.

Philippians 1:12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.


In this section of Philippians, Paul is writing a letter to the Philippian church while he is sitting in a prison.  You know what a prison is, right?  It is the place criminals go when they break the law.  Do you know why Paul was in prison?  Paul was there because he told people about Jesus.

Can you imagine that?  Can you imagine that if you told someone about Jesus you would go to jail?  That would be pretty scary.  But Paul did that, and here is the amazing thing.  Paul was thankful.

What would cause Paul to be okay with going to prison?  Well, Paul was glad that the gospel was being advanced.  That means that Paul was excited that people were talking about Jesus.  Not only was the church talking about Jesus, even his prison guards were talking about Jesus.

And you know what?  The church wasn’t scared about going to prison either.  In fact, seeing Paul go to prison and telling people about Jesus made the church even more bold in talking about Jesus.

How can that happen?  Aren’t people supposed to be scared about prison?

Well, Paul and the Philippian church trusted God.  They were okay with however God wanted people to know about Jesus.  That takes a lot of trust and a lot of faith in God.

It is scary to think about going to prison or people being mad at you because of Jesus.  But is it exciting to think that God will help us no matter what happens.


Here are some questions to think through and answer with your parents.

Do you ever talk about Jesus when you are not at church or with your parents?  Why or why not?


Have you ever been afraid to talk about Jesus?  Why?  Describe that time.


Ask your parents for examples of when they have talked about Jesus.



As you think about those things, maybe you and your family could pray about them for your family and your church.  Would you?


Pray with your parents for boldness to speak to others about Jesus. 


Pray with your parents to trust God no matter what happens.


You can find “Family Philippians” as a pdf download here, and also at

Amazon Paperback
Amazon Kindle


October 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on Finding Hope when Hope Left Long Ago

hopeexitYour mindset may be, “Well, I’m going to assume the worst, and that way I won’t ever be disappointed again.  Because if I hope for things and I don’t get them, I just get more disillusioned.  I am a realist.”

There are a lot of folks living this way.  A lot of you.  But here is something I want us all to wrestle with.  The bible gives us every reason to have hope, so much so, that we are actually commanded to have hope.

The excerpt above is from this past week’s sermon at Evident Grace Fellowship where we explored how hope in Christ is so secure, God’s commands, and we can count on it.  The devotional pdf’s, kindle, and audio are up.


You can download the pdf’s for free at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

And audio for Philippians 1:15-18 is here.

Audio for Philippians 1:19-21 is here.

Also, we are making all of our devotional pdf’s available on Kindle as well.  Because these are available at places other than Amazon, we have to charge $.99 for these, but all proceeds go back to Evident Grace.  You can find our Kindle devotionals at:

Philippians 1:1-8

Philippians 1:8-11

Philippians 1:12-14

Philippians 1:15-18

Philippians 1:19-21

Thanks for taking the time to look over these with us.  Join the conversation either by worshiping with us on Sunday, getting together with us throughout the week, or discussing these online or at Facebook.


If you are interested in worshiping with Evident Grace, we meet each Sunday at 1030am at the comedy club above Liberty Lanes off of I-95 exit 126 in Spotsylvania, VA.

May 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Evident Grace Devotions to Further the Conversation

ImageOne of the things we are hoping to do at Evident Grace Fellowship is establish a conversation throughout the week about what we study on Sunday.  Since we launched for services three weeks ago, we have been studying the book of Philippians in a series entitled, “Partners & Partakers”.  During our services, we offer questions within the bulletin to enable that conversation, and we also offer a children’s bulletin tailored to various age groups.

But most excitedly, we are offering devotional pdf’s of the sermons to enable the conversations.  These can be downloaded and shared so that individuals, families, and pretty much whoever wants to study can dig in a little deeper to what we talk about on Sunday.  They are also great for catching up on the sermon if you miss a Sunday.

We offer these devotionals in two formats.  First, you can download them directly in pdf format at absolutely not cost.  The links below will give you the opportunity to pay if you want, but just type $0, and you do not have to give any credit card information.  You will receive an email with the pdf’s.  You can find the downloads at

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

We are also now offering these devotionals at Amazon’s Kindle.  These cost $.99.  Unfortunately, Amazon charges to distribute these, but any money made on from Kindle will be sent right back to Evident Grace.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

The goal here is not to sell or distribute a bunch of pdf’s.  The hope is to enable greater conversations around what we are studying as a church so the Gospel can form a culture among us.  We hope these help, and we will be updating them each week.

May 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment