Shine Like Stars

Songs & Scripture

Next week’s sermon (23 Nov) will come from Philippians 2:12-18.  I haven’t decided on the exact theme, but I thought it would be interesting to come up with songs that relate to v14-16. Do any songs come to mind as you read these verses?

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.

  • Can You Count the Stars? (okay, it isn’t really relevant, but hey, it says “stars”.)
  • Peace Perfect Peace (“without complaining or arguing”)
  • Shine – Matt Redman on the 2006 album Beautiful News (“…you shine like stars…”)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (“…become blameless and pure…”)
  • Shine, Jesus, Shine (SFP)
  • Just for Today – Marc Shelske on the 2004 album So Wide (It contains the line, “Father God…help me walk the narrow way”, which seems to echo “children of God without fault in a crooked…generation.”)
  • I Will Sing of My Redeemer (“…as you hold out the word of life.”)


  1. Mark Wagner

    It’s interesting how complaining and arguing leads to us being tarnished, blamed, impure. We don’t stand out from the world when we engage in it.

    People don’t want to be around those who are complaining and argumentative. It repels them, and masks the aroma of Christ.

  2. Rich Auble

    Complaining is easy, it doesnt require study or even knowledge.
    “as you hold out the word of life.“ requires knowledge and an understanding of the word. It is also challenging to discuss the word unless we are secure in our position in Christ. Holding out the word in this case implies spreading the word in our daily lives outside the body. Scary stuff, it puts me in a position of having to live according to the word I speak of.

    We just finished a mens class regarding how men are viewed. A man who holds out the word is a man of determination dedication and focus. It requires courage to stand out. It requires focus to recogniize continuosly that God’s opinion of the kind of man I am is the only one that counts.

    Please pray for me. I need that kind of focus and courage.

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