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So as we head into January 2021 we are in lockdown again with all the frustration and disappointments that brings. At such a time there is probably no better part of the Bible to explore than Philippians, which is a letter of encouragement in hard times. Paul himself was writing this letter under house arrest, he was under a literal lockdown and yet this letter exudes encouragement, thanksgiving and above all joy. The word joy or rejoice occurs about 12 times in this short letter.

January can be a hard enough month to get through at the best of times. But let’s allow Paul to encourage us to keep going and growing in Spirit as we face into a New Year as we study this great letter together. Will you join us as we learn “the secret of being content” and how to “rejoice in the Lord always” through 2021 whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in.