Have I hit them all? What will keep your heart and mind safely in the faith and peace column? Your rejoicing doesn’t depend on the economy. Therefore it is sure and certain, you can count on it. Yesterday was World Mental Health Day reminding us that struggles with depression, loneliness, isolation, and addiction are real problems. In other words, this is not just about you and your personal piety. Contentment in Christ. John, the disciple of Jesus, called Satan a thief and worry is a powerful tool that he can use to rob people of their joy, peace, and intimacy with their heavenly Father. His peace brings us into unity with Him so that our wellbeing and our salvation are His primary goals for us. When Paul says, “The Lord is at hand”, he’s talking about all three options. While we wait for that glorious day we rejoice in the Lord who is with us now, who comes near to us in His Word. A peace He gives you that’s so great and so powerful, you can’t comprehend it. And rejoice! Paul prompts the Philippians and all Christians to rejoice in the one who has come to take away the sins of the world. That’s when you need the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guarding your heart and your mind. I don’t need to be anxious. posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its The author of Hebrews says, “[Jesus] has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’  So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Heb 13:5-6 ) When Paul says he can do all things through Christ, he’s not talking about dunking a basketball or anything else like that. He goes on to say: “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. And that may work to a certain extent. Though the fig tree may not bud and there are no grapes on the vines; though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food; though there are no sheep in the pen, and no cattle in the stalls -- Yet I will rejoice in the LORD. These initial imperatives have to do with piety. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. And the truth that when we are in the worst of times, He is very near, our very present help in time of trouble. Piety is nothing other than appropriate Holy Spirit-motivated Christian devotion to God in thought and deed. Praise His Name forever .....and in Him I join you in rejoicing this Sunday morning. Chapel Sermons Academic Year 1999-2000. There is violence everywhere and it seems like no one can get along with each other. Don’t Worry, Be Happy!!!! I do believe that many of us are worrying ourselves to death! Maybe we will. It is upside down. Philippians 4:4-13 October 11, 2020. The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Don’t worry be happy. Impossible not to have… played all the time! The peace of God is objectively true. Introduction: In the 1980’s Bobby McFarren had a hit song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. But you know, when God says it, He means that His Son whose blood flows over us reinforces us against the anxiety that plagues us. The Lord’s peace, which surpasses all understanding, guards your hearts and minds by being the lens through which you can look at the things that worry or frighten you. Are you ready? “Reasons to Rejoice, in Whatever Situation.” You have them, you have them in abundance, just like St. Paul and the Philippians did. Home; About; FAQ; My Account < Previous; Next > Home > Chapel Sermons > Chapel Sermons Academic Year 1999-2000 > 28. We have a reason. My dictionary defines it this way – it is to feel great joy, to be glad, take delight in something or someone and lastly, to celebrate. He would not, and could not, say this to people who do not know Christ. After a while the only thing I was worried about was hearing that song one more time. A sermon based on Philippians 4:4-13 Sunday, October 5, 2008 – Pentecost 21A Oxymoron's seem to defy common sense. First, what does it mean for a person to rejoice? “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” You may try to talk yourself into a state of peace, you may try to calm your fears and anxieties on the basis of human reason--rational arguments, for example, that the economy is going to get better, that the news is not as bad as they’re making it out to be. And this peace assures you that whether you live or die you belong to Christ. Thanks Pastor. As Paul says in First Corinthians: “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 15:57). Rather, in our text today from Philippians 4, St. Paul gives us “Reasons to Rejoice, in Whatever Situation.”, He starts out: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” And right there we have the key to it all. In a favorite hymn we hear these words, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins to bear! Finally, there is this matter of being content. KWeise. The good news, I mean! Time for an attitude adjustment. Ask, seek, and knock. When we put our trust in the Lord, He is with us. I expect you to be thinking and acting in accordance with godliness, not so you may be justified before the Lord, but if you rightly understand the Gospel and feel the implications of its power and profundity, so you may live and enjoy a justified life. Paul’s desire is to encourage Christians, so that their natural response to the inevitable crisis of life turns them to the Father rather than worry. Piety is nothing other than appropriate Holy Spirit-motivated Christian devotion to God in thought and deed. But don’t blame me, I’m just passing on advice from my buddy Paul. . What are you, Paul, some sort of Mr. We waver from the joy that we should feel all the time. I feel so much better now!”  “I’m really anxious about what’s going to happen with my job.”  “Don’t worry.”  “Well, silly me, you’re right. Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. And if these worries are not enough, many people also worry about their appearance, clothing, hair do, and shoes. Here then is another reason to rejoice, in whatever situation: God hears our prayers. Our hope is in the Lord and our hope is in Jesus Christ our Savior. Then Paul gives us the reason why? Anxious about tomorrow, next week, next year? Yes, dear Christians, you and I have a whole gospel full of “Reasons to Rejoice”! Option A: do this, do that, do the other thing, and if that doesn’t work go to Option B. “I’m really worried about the results of my CAT scan.”  “Don’t worry about it.”  “Gee, thanks! This is a reason to rejoice. Chapel Sermons Academic Year 1999-2000 Like Paul and the prophet Habakkuk, we can live in poverty and we can live in wealth, we can learn both to be full and to be hungry, to abound and to suffer need. Ultimately things will work out. Oh, maybe they do, for a little while, maybe they do for a long while. In Christ we can rejoice, and have peace, hope and joy. October 11, 2020. Political bickering fills the airwaves. Do they really work? That is why Paul can tell you, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”. This passage intends to remind the Philippians of their security in the present and the future, despite what was happening to them. Your rejoicing does depend on the Lord Jesus Christ, and he is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Here's a heads-up, if you're interested: Yours truly will be the guest tomorrow, Friday, 10:05-11:00 a.m. (CDT), on the radio/Internet program, "The Bible Study," AM 850 in the St. Louis area, and streaming online at, FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson. We rejoice in the Lord who hears us. Rioting and looting. Today we are in the grip of an epidemic of worry. Children are kidnapped and molested. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. After a while the only thing I was worried about was hearing that song one more time. The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Ps 27:1)  “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matt 6:30). What would you say if I said that there’s an alternative to all this? He means that He is at hand and nothing will ever change that. Where can we find happiness and joy? Please add me to your ping list and God bless you! But they can’t possibly be the antidote to the anxiety that has welled up inside you. 28, John Johnson, Concordia Seminary, St. LouisFollow. Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The “Fear Index” would have gone through the roof as he approached that cross, but still Christ went forward, so strong his love to save us.

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