Philippians Workout - We Need A Little Unity Around Here

Dr. Steve Viars September 23, 1995 Philippians

We Need A Little Unity Around Here

Dinnertime was often a challenge at the Divyup home. Though
they were saved and attended church, their family lacked unity.

One night last week was especially frustrating. It started
about 4:50 in the afternoon when the wife, Mightaswell started
thinking about what she could fix for supper that night. "Let's
see," she mused, "What meal would require the least amount of
effort to make?" She finally chose microwave fish sticks and
potato chips over macaroni and cheese. "I just hate cooking
something that requires multiple steps," she thought to herself.

About that same time, her husband Letsall was still at work.
Though he had told Mightaswell that morning that he would be home
at 4:30, he didn't take time to call. "I'm the king of that house,
and I'll get there when I get there," he thought. "Besides, I'm
not like the rest of my family who can come and go as they please
because they don't do anything important anyway. I do critical
work at this office." (Whether he considered the two hours he
spent that afternoon trying out the new game on his computer as
"critical" was not readily apparent.)

Meanwhile, the "Divyup" children Alwaysgonna and Whocaresifi
were in the den playing Ninetendo. When Mightaswell asked them to
help set the table for dinner, Alwaysgonna said, "Yea, right Mom."
Whocaresifi chimed in with, "Like, I don't do manual labor."

When Letsall got home at 6:15, the air was tense. They sat
down to dinner, each with a scowl on their face and a criticism on
their lips. Within minutes, the kids were complaining about the
"meal", and Mightaswell was attacking her husband for coming home
late. Finally, Letsall said with frustration and hopelessness,
"What's wrong with this family--we need a little unity around

Using the principles from Philippians 1-2, please discuss what's
wrong with the Divyup family, and specifically how they need to

Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.

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