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So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind!
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Richard Mellon Scaife, the Mellon banking and oil heir, left his largest bequests to two foundations directing $758.9 million in bequests to two private foundations, a museum, and an environmental group.
John Santikos, head of a large Texas movie-theater chain, who gave an estimated $605 million from his estate to the San Antonio Area Foundation.
Walmart heirs Alice Walton (No. 7 on the list), Jim Walton (tied for No. 25), and Robson Walton (tied for No. 25), who collectively donated $407 million
Bill and Melinda Gates (No. 6), who gave $272 million to their foundation. Last year, the Gateses topped the list. giving $1.9 billion.
Warren Buffett, George Soros ($733 million), Michael R. Bloomberg ($462 million), Charles F. Feeney ($434 million), James and Marilyn Simons ($331 million), Hansjörg Wyss ($228 million), Gordon and Betty Moore ($220 million), and Eli and Edythe Broad ($202 million).
+ I am still applauding the Late John Kennedy (John John) for his stone soup ability to achieve team activation - hearts unite to give of their time, talents and funds in his endeavors.
Like a son from our Church Family, Military Man, Buck, he collected $3,000 for charitable health giving. Telling people in their donations to his Iron Man Triathlon - vote if he got to be superman. Noooo, he got to wear the clown suit. In turn "Inspiring others to run faster! Not to be beaten by the guy in the nose and multicolored clown suit and wig!"
Who else do you know is going to go in a darkened home where the husband is armed and the wife is in danger?
4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed,
so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence,
work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding fast to the word of life,
So like my Grandmother's hands...
so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
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18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,
24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,
26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ,
risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
So many opportunities to be Thankful. So many opportunities to pray. Blessings for the lady at Home Depot, her help in getting me a paint can opener and being so patient. The man and wife next to me, getting ready to paint his Church office.
The family who cut down my tree that had half died, providing an example of family goodness. Thank God.
We lift up this Nation, in just such a crossroad. A great time to pray and be grateful for what so many people have given to this Nation.
We look in expectation to You, we have had a surprisingly huge storm with flooding and have rain in the forecast. We ask the Mercy of Jesus, here.
Jesus the Lord, Thank You for this time. Enabling me to survive childhood with medications. Enabling my first born to survive, when the Kennedy's lost a baby in the White House. Thank You for the Miracles these eyes have seen, witnessing to Your Salvation.
To know each day, as Your Mercies Renew ~ Jesus is Joy, Love, Peace, Goodness, Gentleness, Encouragement, Endurance, Character, Dignity, Self Control, asking Mercy over Sacrifice.
Jesus our Hero. Our Savior. His Willingness. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †