Philippians is generally not one of the Christmas passages we read, for me it expresses the fullness of the birth of Christ. Reminding me of the importance of a servants heart, the importance of humility, our obedience in Christ, exalting His name above all creation, giving all glory to God.
Philippians 2: 5-11
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In Christ Love
FACEBOOK – Time with Terry – November 14, 2021 –
The Apostle Paul expresses in the simplest way possible how the life of a believer should be manifested to the world. We who are poor fellow soldiers of Christ, members of the Holy Order of Knights Templar are called to no less standard than that which Paul in the Book of Acts stated to the Governor Felix.
The challenge that confronts us today, either we do or we do not obey the Word of God. Have we forgotten the price of our redemption, have we forgotten the command to forgive, have we forgotten the command to live at peace with all men, have we forgotten the needy among us, have we forgotten those things that are most important to God and perhaps absent in our lives? Jesus on the Cross did not forget, in fact while in immeasurable agony, at the point of death called out to God, “Father forgive them.” He made provision for his mother by calling upon one of his disciples. He gave compassion to a dying thief. He with his last breath gave redemption to man.
Consider the words of Paul to the Governor Felix found in Acts 24:16, “I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.”
We cannot have a clear conscience before God, when we hate others. We are people of “the way” a term applied to the believers of the early Church. How should this look in out lives – we truly worship God, we accept all things in His Holy Word using them to purge our hearts and souls of all things that are not of Him. We persevere in all the difficulties of life, remembering that the God of the Mountain is also the God of the Valley. We are faithful in “alms giving and offerings” remembering to feed the hungry, cloth the naked and bind up the wounds of the afflicted. Not just those with physical wounds, but to be the hands, the feet, the tears and compassion of Jesus to ALL who are hurting emotionally and spiritually.
My prayer today is that we learn to live lives in joyful obedience to the Lord. We aim to be recognized as Christians by our earnest love for one another. That we like Christ become servants, serving each other with our gifts and resources. We bind ourselves together in true Christian love to share in each others joys, and help carry each others burdens. We like the words found in great Sermon on the Mount, encourage each other in truth, that we are slow to anger, and quick to forgive, devoting ourselves to continual prayer both for and with one another.
I close this morning with Paul’s benediction to the Church at Ephesus “Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be will all those who love our Lord Jesus Chris in sincerity. Amen.
I love each and everyone one of you and there is not a thing you can do to change that.
Terry L Plemons
An opening prayer for our new Triennium
Beloved of God, called to be saints: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. As we begin the new Triennium, I offer this prayer for our Grand Encampment, our Commanderies, Constituent and Subordinate and for all Sir Knights wherever dispersed.
Almighty God, Your Kingdom truly is forever. Before the mountains were brought forth or You formed the earth or the sea, You reigned supreme over all powers and will for all eternity. Even as we look forward to the day when You destroy every rule and authority and power and put all things in subjection under Christ’s feet. We come before You in supplication, able to approach Your throne only because Your son our Lord gave us the gift of Your Spirit, making us not just subjects of Your Kingdom, but sons and daughters. In the name of Your Son, our Lord, we ask that you accept our worship and hear our supplications. May our praises honor and please You. Blessed are You our Father. We pray that You would make Your ways known throughout the world, that the Gospel of Salvation full and free in Jesus Christ would flow unrivaled throughout Your creation. Continue we pray to increase Your Grace in us until we are perfectly united in the glory of Christ Jesus.
Lord show your loving kindness on our families, Your blessings residing on our homes. We pray for those who grieve over pain and loss, experiencing brokenness in their lives, that they would be strengthened by Your promise “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Most merciful Father, thank you for your protection and blessings with which we are surrounded. Blessed are you our Father, who has given us our Lord Christ Jesus, surrounding us always with the comfort of thy Holy Spirit. – AMEThe Love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself, the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in His service; the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts; and the blessing of Almighty God,, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always.
Your in Christs Love
Terry Plemons, R.E. Grand Prelate