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Frontier Citizenship Philippians 3:17-4:1

Frontier Citizenship

Paul reminds us of our true citizenship.

AT A GLANCE:

From “manifest destiny” to the popularity of movie Westerns, Americans have long been a people fascinated with the “frontier.” The apostle Paul invites us to consider that the real frontier is a spiritual one that is all about expanding the kingdom of heaven.

 

EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Desolate House,” February 24, 2013, at HomileticsOnline.com.

 

The frontier. It’s a place that calls to mind images of dusty, gun-toting adventurers riding off the map into the unknown, uncharted wilderness. Since the days of Lewis and Clark, Americans have been fascinated with the frontier and pushing out our boundaries. The past popularity of movie and television Westerns is just one indicator that we love a good adventure, and we’re always looking for a new frontier. (Walk into any nursing home in America during the afternoon, and you’ll see reruns of...

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