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Hunt Springs Baptist Church

1557 St. Andrews Church Rd

Sanford, NC 27332

Phone: 919-774-1822

Email: huntspringschurch@gmail.com

Hope for Warmth

The Hope for Warmth Ministry meets from 1-4 pm every Thursday in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to help make quilts for those in need.

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Daily Devotion
Daily Devotion

Claude Wesley Thomas • January 19, 2023

Finally, think of excellence.

Philippians 4:8 NASB95

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Paul has been teaching the Philippians the virtues believers should practice. Standing firm in faith in Christ, living in harmony with other believers, rejoicing in the Lord, and developing a gentle spirit should be on the mind of all believers because Jesus is near. Jesus is present with us, and Jesus is coming soon to take us to our heavenly (Philippians 4:1–5). Paul says, finally, think of practicing these excellent virtues because Christ observes all we do.

Paul says God rewards excellence. Truth, honor, right living, purity, love, and a good reputation were all cherished virtues of the Greek worldview. Paul says to the believer living in peace is more than an idea. As believers, we should think about and practice the excellence of living in harmony. The peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (4:7). The peace of God supernaturally removes anxiety by guarding our hearts and minds against dishonesty, deception, unrighteousness, unpure motives, sinful lifestyles, and ungodly reputations. Paul says to think about excellence, pray for practicing excellence, and that God will reward us with peace.

Father God, guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Help me dwell on all that You regard as excellence. Lord, keep me from a critical attitude that causes conflict. Help me live in harmony, and promote truth with a gentle spirit. Please help me be a team player who helps advance the gospel of peace. Lord Jesus, I desire to practice the things I have learned, heard, and seen that You call excellence. When You return for me, I want you to find me standing firm in faith with an excellent reputation for practicing truth, honor, right living, purity, and love, whose mind is guarded by the peace of God (4:8; 7; 9). In Jesus' name, amen.

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Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Wesley Thomas serves as senior pastor. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Pastoral Ministry from the College at Southeastern, and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Wes currently pursues A Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching, from SEBTS.