Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 15 (Sunday, Jan 24)

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Habit #1: Choose to be joyful.READ IT “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! . . .I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Philippians 4:4,12)For every action there is a reaction. For every choice there is a consequence, even if it cannot be immediately seen. If you drink and drive, you could get arrested and seriously harm yourself and others. If you neglect your marriage long enough, you’ll be served divorce papers.Yet this princi … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 14 (Saturday, Jan 23)

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HABIT #4: Repeat daily.READ IT “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)It’s easy to get the wrong idea about faith. I‘m not sure about you, but I grew up thinking that faith in God was a one-time decision. Walk an aisle, prayer a prayer, talk with a pastor, get baptized. Whether it was the last night of youth camp or revival, whether it was on a Sunday morning or by the side of y … [Read more...]

Sam Watts Funeral Message

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Here is the funeral message I preached yesterday for my cousin Sam Watts: We’re here today to mourn the passing of a father, a son, a brother, a friend. I remember Sam as that shy, awkward middle schooler coming to church and trying to find his place in the world. Since moving away I never really got to see the man, the father he had become. And let me go ahead and tell you that I can’t answer the one question we’re all asking today: Why? Why now? Why him? Why when he was getting his … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 13 (Friday, Jan 22)

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HABIT #3: Think on noble things. READ IT “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.. . . . and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7-8)What’s the big deal about thinking noble thoughts? Why is it so necessary to guard your … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 12 (Thursday, Jan 21)

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HABIT #2: Pray with thanksgiving.READ IT “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. . . . for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:6,11)Contentment is an inner peace and happiness that rises above any outside circumstances. Contentment has long been a pursuit of many Eastern religions, especially Buddhism. Philippians 4 claims the secret to contentment, but it’s no … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 11 (Wednesday, Jan 20)

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HABIT #4: Choose to be joyful.READ IT “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!. . . . and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4,9)When you think of ways to get closer to Jesus, you probably think of typical ways like: read your Bible, pray more, serve others, sin less, give more. (By the way, those are all great ways and habits you should develop).But did you know that choosing to be joyful can bring you closer to Jesus (one of the main goals of the P … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 10 (Tuesday, Jan 19)

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HABIT #4: Repeat daily.READ IT “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. . . . and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:9,7)Some wars are fought for conquest. Some wars are fought for peace. America fought World War II not to conquer any territory, but to maintain the peace and freedom of the entire world. You can fight a war to maintain peace … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 9

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HABIT #3: Think on noble things.READ IT “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. . . . I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” (Philippians 4:8,12)The capacity of the human brain is the subject of ever-widening scientific wonder. Its twelve to fourteen billion cells are only a shadow of … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 8

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HABIT #2: Pray with thanksgiving.READ IT “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. . . . And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6,9)If a central goal of the Philippians 4 Challenge is to get closer to Jesus, that the God of peace will be with you, then you need to learn how to pray to God. How often should you pray? “In every situation.” Think of prayer not as something you do before … [Read more...]

Philippians 4 Challenge: Day 7

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HABIT #1: Choose to be joyful.READ IT “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! . . . and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4,7)We’re back to habit one: Choose to be joyful. We’re done learning new things. Now we’re turning a corner and trying to make these four habits true disciplines in our lives.The Bible makes a clear connection between joy and peace. When you choose to be … [Read more...]


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