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The God Who Completes Philippians 1:3-11

The God Who Completes

Going on to perfection is not a DIY project. God helps us.


Cathedrals take a long time to erect — sometimes hundreds of years. This has been true since the first gothic cathedrals began to rise in the Middle Ages about the 12th century. You’d think that modern construction methods would quicken the process. But this is not always the case. Just take a look at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. After 125 years, the cathedral is still not finished! We mention this because our epistle reading today refers to us as projects on the way to completion. Will we ever be “complete”? Will we ever be perfect?



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “A New Word for an Old World,” December 7, 1997, at


Although its official name is the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, some people refer to it as the “Cathedral of Saint John the Unfinished.”

Even in its incomplete condition, at 601 feet long and...

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