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Philippians – To Live is Christ

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Hey Gang,

This time cover another well known verse from Philippians. It's 1:21 - "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." What a concept! It is hard to think of any other religion or philosophy of life where dying is gaining. Another way to think of this verse is, "For the Christian, life is pretty much a win-win!"

During my life as a pastor I have presided over and attended numerous memorial services, funerals, and “celebrations of life." While all of them have their individual nuances, there is one universal trend that I have seen: the more “solid” a believer is as a Christian, the more joyous is the memorial service. In fact, at the high end of the scale of believers, at their memorial service, there is almost a sense of jealousy amongst the “grieving." Like, “They got to go and I’m still stuck here!" For the believer, to die is to really “gain."

We unpack this verse in the context of Paul, chained to a Roman soldier, as he reflects on all he has learned in his life of serving Christ, and what nuggets of wisdom he desired to pass on to us. Great stuff!

Pastor Dain


Dain Spore is pastor of Kauai Christian Fellowship in Hawaii.

Philippians – The Dungeon

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Can you imagine? I mean really… try to imagine yourself chained to the apostle Paul for four hours. Daily perhaps! You would probably either come to hate him, or get saved and love him!

We are exploring the dungeon of the praetorian guard in Rome 2,000 years ago in order to experience the joy of Paul while he shares the gospel in the most trying of circumstances.

It's Philippians 1:7-18.

Pastor Dain Spore


Dain is pastor of Kauai Christian Fellowship in Hawaii.

Philippians – Joy

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Hey Gang,

have you ever fallen for the old lie that God wants you to be happy? And that if you’re not happy it is probably somebody else’s fault, especially the fault of God, or at the very least the fault of the Church! This is one of the most pervasive lies that brings about such disillusionment with people in the church.

But the Apostle Paul presents a much appealing call for us to be full of JOY. Real, biblical, joy that does not fade with every disappointment life brings us. And to prove it, he wrote a letter to the church at Philippi about the great joy that he possessed--while writing from a prison cell! Trust me, he knew what he was talking about.

For the next several weeks we look on as Paul explains to us why we possess joy in Christ, and how to let that guide our lives.

One of his greatest letters!

Pastor Dain

Dain Spore is pastor of Kauai Christian Fellowship in Kauai, Hawaii