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Gratitude & Contentment

Gratitude & Contentment Philippians 4:10-13 1 Timothy 6:3-10 Gratitude. Simple, gratitude... and contentment. Both spring from knowing who and Whose we are... It’s certainly been a “point of emphasis” in my own life, as of late... to be intentionally grateful for the blessings of life... and the grace... and the mercy of God. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have (which is, quite honestly, a temptation that most of us seem to deal with, most of the time), AND instead of focusing on what hasn’t gone “my way” or according to my plan... my disappointments... my goal is to choose to be thankful for what I do have... and what has happened in my life. To be content. My blessings outweigh my

In All Things...

In All Things... Matthew 6:5-13 Philippians 4:4-9 We pray the words every week as we worship together... and if you’re like me, then, you also pray these words several times throughout the week, too. We call it the “Lord’s Prayer” - but - it should probably (and more accurately) be called “Jesus’ Model Prayer” - because Jesus offered these words as an example or illustration on how we should pray - while delivering his most famous message: “The Sermon on the Mount.” Of course, Jesus’ “model prayer” begins by teaching us to honor God FIRST... to proclaim and declare his name “holy” - consecrated, sacred, or revered, in-other-words. Then, after honoring God’s name... we’re taught by Jesus to

Walking Through

Walking Through Psalm 23:1-6 Matthew 7:24-27 Don’t you just love the 23rd Psalm? It always seems to be among everyone’s favorite scripture; mine included. Especially verse 4: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” The NIV reads, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” God is with us! Life is filled with “darkest valleys” isn’t it? No one gets to live life without setbacks & disappointments and trials. If we live long enough... ALL of us will face storms and darkness from time to time. You and I all experience the common griefs and temptations of life... The real issue is

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