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Joy > Happiness (Philippians 4:10-13)

Joy > Happiness (Philippians 4:10-13)

Joy is better than happiness. In our culture, happiness is based on circumstances (which are ever changing). Happiness is fleeting. Joy, for the follower of Jesus, is eternal, because joy is centered on the eternal and unchanging Son of God! In our passage (Philippians 4:10-13) we have one of the clearest examples of Christian joy being lived out in the apostle Paul. He had learned in Christ the secret to facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need (vs. 12). For Paul, being in Christ meant deep and utter contentment regardless of his circumstances. For Paul, this was at the heart of Christian joy. This was joy. If Christ is your Lord and Savior, then you have all that you need to persevere today no matter what you're facing. May we as a church proclaim to the world, "Christ is better! Only He can provide true joy, contentment and eternal satisfaction! Turn from those things that will not last and cannot fulfill. Only Christ can! Only He can rescue the rebel, which is all of us."


3.8.20 Putting Praise into Practice!

2.23.20 An Introduction to 1 Peter

2.16.20 Preaching the Whole Bible!

2.9.20 Gospel 101: Reason to Rejoice!

2.2.20 Wise Friendships

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1.26.20 Wise Parenting

1.19.20 Wise Marriage

1.12.20 Wise Work

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12.29.19 Biblical View of Riches

12.22.19 Sent by the Sent One

12.15.19 6 Words of Wisdom About Your Money

12.8.19 The Wise Path

12.1.19 Wise Control

11.24.19 Wise Ears!

11.17.19 Wise Words!

11.10.19 Christ in Proverbs!

11.3.19 An Introduction to Proverbs - Part II

10.27.19 An Introduction to Proverbs - Part I

10.20.19 Unity for the World's Rescue and the Church's Joy

10.13.19 Imitating the King With Others

10.6.19 Citizens Together of God's Kingdom!

9.29.19 Gospel Partnership!

9.22.19 But God...

9.15.19 A Sound Church Treasures Jesus!

9.8.19 A Sound Church Perseveres!

9.1.19 True Contentment!

8.25.19 Translating Sound Living into the Workplace

8.18.19 A Word Regarding Sound Leadership in the Church

8.11.19 The Church: God's Functional Family

8.4.19 Shepherding Like Jesus!

7.29.19 Praying for the Church!

7.22.19 Sound Training 101!

7.14.19 On Guard!

7.7.19 Storm-ology 201

6.30.19 Who We Are and What We Do is Because of What He's Done!

6.16.19 Sound Leadership

6.9.19 Instructions for God's Church!

6.2.19 Christ is Sufficient for True Contentment!

5.26.19 Praying and Proclaiming According to God's Vision for the Nations!

5.19.19 Wage the Good Warfare!

5.12.19 Paul's Transformation: an Example for All Believers!

5.5.19 The Unexpected Kingdom

4.28.19 God's Revelation is Evidence of His Grace!

4.21.19 The Case for the Resurrection

4.14.19 The Significance of Sound Doctrine!

4.7.19 Church Membership Part II

3.31.19 Church Membership Part I

3.24.19 Gospel Assurance

3.17.19 Gospel Evidence!

3.10.19 The Sovereignty of God

3.3.19 The Power of Prayer

2.24.19 Overcomer!

2.17.19 The Power of Love! Part II

2.3.19 The Power of Love!

1.27.19 Test and Rest!

1.20.19 What's Love Got To Do With It? Part Two of Two

1.13.19 What's Love Got To Do With It? Part One of Two

1.6.19 Who Do You Belong To?

12.30.18 Hope That Results In Holiness!.

12.23.18 The Good News of Christmas!.

12.16.18 Doubt: When Life Seriously Conflicts With Our Faith!

12.9.18 In Light of The Time, Abide!

12.2.18 Who Do You Love?

11.25.18 Blessed Assurance!

11.18.18 A New Commandment!

11.11.18 A Gospel that Transforms!

11.4.18 Walking In The Light!

10.28.18 For the Sake of Our Joy!