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June 26, 2017

The Secret of Contentment - Philippians 4

In today's reading, the apostle Paul says he has learned the secret of experiencing contentment in all circumstances, good or bad. Does it surprise you that he wrote this when he was in prison, unsure of his future?

We're often discontent even when all is going well. Consequently, we wonder how it's possible to be truly content during our most difficult trials, especially when there's no end in sight. So what is genuine contentment? Paul is speaking of a freedom from worry and frustration about everything in life - even unfulfilled desires.

It's usually when we cannot control or change our situation that we feel discontentment. As long as our satisfaction depends on whether certain things actually work out, we'll allow circumstances to cheat us out of peace. I'm not saying there's some spiritual stage where you will never again experience anxiety or frustration. But what matters is how we respond when those feelings grip us.

This is something that the apostle had to learn. Paul endured amazing suffering, from shipwrecks and hunger to unjust imprisonment and beatings (II Corinthians 11:24-30). He had gone through countless situations that were uncertain, extraordinarily painful, and seemingly hopeless. But he finally discovered that contentment could not be dependent upon his circumstances.

How do you respond when circumstances are out of your control? Do you get angry? Do you try to escape? Does despair make you want to give up? Paul chose to give his anxieties to Jesus in exchange for peace that "surpasses all comprehension" (Philippians 4:7). That same peace is available to you!

Current Sermon Series
      This series will study the duty the Christian has to walk worthy of the great blessings they have been given. The characteristics of the worthy walk: humility, meekness, patience, love, and unity are presented to encourage you in your walk for Christ.

Last Week:
      We are called to walk worthy of our high calling from God. How are we to do that? We are to do it by learning why we do what we do. How do we do that? By learning God's Word. Our obedience predicates our knowledge of His Word.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
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Next Week:
      We will continue our study of Ephesians 4, Walk Worthy.

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July 1, 2017 - Men's BBQ - At Settler's Cabin Park at the Flint Pavilion. It begins at 4 PM. Please sign up in the foyer.

July 2, 2017 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship

July 8, 2017 - Trustee's Meeting at 8 AM

July 9, 2017 - Deacon Meeting at 8 AM

July 16, 2017 - Special Speaker Dale Bish, Jr. in the worship service

July 26, 2017 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

July 30, 2017 - Church Outside at the Caldwell's at 11 AM. No Sunday School or any services at the church.

August 6-9, 2017 - Vacation Bible School with Cool Kids Ministries from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. On Sunday, we will have a fair with the slip n' slide starting at 5 PM. Hope to see you there!

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