Whatever is Lovely: Philippians 4:8, Part 5

Philippians 4:8: “Whatever is lovely…think on these things.”

When I think of things that are “lovely,” I think of a mountain lake, so still that the reflection looks like a second mountain; green trees and wildflowers surrounded by the snowy peaks.  Maybe you think of a sunset, or a beautiful model, or a masterpiece of art.  But the Greek word for “lovely” (prosphilḗs) has more of an idea of a gift, an offering, acceptable, a friendly attitude towards, having affection towards.  The Greek word in this form is only used here in the entire New Testament (NT)! 

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Training our Thoughts: Keeping our Minds On-Track

In this media-rich, information-overloaded society we’re now living in, I believe that keeping our thoughts disciplined is extremely critical.  I also think it’s the easiest thing to overlook and its importance most easily dismissed. Let’s take a deeper look at Philippians 4:8.

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