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Living in Christ - A Sermon for Pentecost 17A (Philippians 2)

Philippians 2:1-13
It’s election season again. That means political ads bombard us day and night on TV, on the radio, on Facebook, and in emails. These ads remind us that we are a divided nation that seems unable to discern what is good and right. So, how do we heal this brokenness that afflicts our land? How might we find unity when our communities, our churches, and families, are so divided? It’s important that we remember that there can be no true unity without justice for everyone who has been denied justice.  While we may want to achieve wholeness in our broken world, we’ll have to start within the Christian community. We have to get our own act together or our witness will be diluted. That’s why Paul told the Philippians to conduct their lives in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:27). Now Paul calls on this community he dearly loves to stand together and make his joy complete by being “of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mi…

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