In two weeks we leave for Haiti. Into the mountains to build a medical clinic. Away from our normal base camp — Jenny’s Villa is on the beach near the ocean with palm trees — we are taking tents. True camping. I should probably pack marshmallows… and tarantula repellent!
For some this would be a perfect adventure. For me… I am pretty sure God has called me to the villa life. The villa life that includes hot showers! (Jenny’s villa lacks hot water.)
This month our sermon series is in Philippians. Paul was a tent maker… how many nights did he sleep in one of his handmade tents?… but in this moment he is not writing from a tent. Nor from a villa. This letter is written from jail. And still he speaks of Joy. Looking beyond his own situation, he found the joy in sharing Christ’s love with others. A joy available to all who serve. It is the joy I will find in Haiti. Even as I wake up each morning stiff on a leaky air mattress.
“But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” (Philippians 2:17)
This Sunday we continue our sermon series LIVe. The logo may have sprung up from the super Roman numeral 54, but the core is built out of Philippians 3. What does it mean to live for Christ? What does this life look like? To put it another way, when faced with Third and 14 how do we live?
This week we focus on Philippians 2:12-18.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)