I faintly remember the story of children in a playground comparing how much money each of their dad’s made. When it got to the child who’s dad was a pastor she said, “My dad makes so much money that after he talks for twenty minutes it takes ten men to collect his money”. Probably all of us can remember back to a time when we bragged on our dad, mom or someone else in our family.
Children seem to have this need to make themselves bigger and better than other people. Of course no one likes someone who’s “braggadocios” – who is always making themselves out to be better than others. Unfortunately those people are around us and from time to time we have to listen to their bragging.

In Philippians 3 Paul is addressing others who were bragging about who they were. Paul lays out his heritage, his education and his upbringing according to the law and says if anyone could brag it would be him. His list is impressive but the most impressive of all he says is that he counts it all loss to know Christ. Verse 10, “And this, so that I may know Him (becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely) and (in that same way experience) the power of His resurrection (which overflows and is active in believers), and that I may share the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed inwardly into His likeness even to His death”.

While we may be tempted to look at what we have accomplished, the important thing is to not allow our blessings to interfere with knowing Christ. Paul says all of his accomplishments are important but more important is that he may know Christ.

Today, rejoice in what God has done in your life, thank Him for His blessings, but never allow any of those to keep you from seeking to know Him better.

Remember in prayer the Maddox family as Monty went home to be with the Lord early Monday morning. His viewing will be at Diuguid Funeral Home on Timberlake on Wednesday from 6 – 8. The funeral is Thursday 1:00 at Diuguid’s as well.

Some of you may remember Allen and Helen Hunter, who were faithful members here for a number of years. Helen suffered a stroke and is on the brink of going home to heaven. Remember them in prayer today.

Be sure to pray for and rejoice that Cassidy Richardson is home and recovering from her last surgery. Pray that the cancer was completely removed and she’ll grow stronger each day.

Remember also to pray for our 5th and 6th graders as they leave this morning for their Spring Break trip. Pray that God touches their hearts, that those who don’t know Him will meet Him and for those who do know Him that their relationship with Him will be strengthened.

Today – brag on Jesus,

Pastor Carl