During my ministry days in Dallas, Texas, the big questions started with, “Who was Jesus, and what did He claim?” But in England, the big questions start with, “Is there a God?”
Whenever I speak or write about the Pharisees, I always try to give some explanation about them. There is actually a reason and a history behind their culture. The culture of the Pharisees grew as the answer to an important question. The question was this: “How can we be clean before God, and stand justified before Him, if we cannot use the Temple for sacrifices?”
In Paul's letter to the church at Philippi joy is one of the main themes, along with perseverance and hope. These make Philippians one of the best-loved of the New Testament letters. Quarrels don't readily spring to mind. But chapter four specifically names two women who were at odds. Paul names them, and recruits help to work things out between them.