The main scripture for this coming Sunday is Phil. 3:17-21.  As the “Worship Leader” or “Song Leader” preparing for the worship service my job is to try to put together a list and order of songs to go along with the sermon.  When I start this task each time, I start with reading from God’s word the scripture and usually look to see what various translations say.  This week, as with most weeks, I started out with the paraphrase by Eugene Petersen called “The Message.”  I really liked his rendering of this particular passage and wanted to share it with my Blog Readers, FB Friends and Linked In Contacts.  So here it is, I hope you are edified by this rendering of the passage:

Philippians 3:17 – 21 (TMSG) 17Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal.  18There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross.  19But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. 20But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ,  21who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. “

I don’t know about you  but I keep His Spirit pretty busy trying to “make us beautiful!”

While we enjoyed our visit to the church Chestnut Ridge in West Virginia this past week, we do look forward to being with our local church family this coming Lord’s Day and we hope that you will be with your church family this coming Lord’s Day.

In His loving grip of truly amazing grace,