Well, it has been far too long since I wrote last.  I enjoy this weekly effort of refreshing your memory of the word proclaimed on Sunday.  I too struggle with allowing other things to take priority.  As I type this I am reminded of a question I read years ago.  Are you controlling your calendar or is your calendar controlling you?  What a great question to keep in view.  
Over the past few weeks we have looked at different truths I hope are becoming reality for you and your family.  So far, we’ve said….
  1. Forgiveness must be stronger than bitterness.
  1. Commitment must be stronger than circumstances.
  2. Worship must be stronger than idolatry
  1. Chastity must be stronger than lust.
  2. Contentment must be stronger than greed.
We are prone to allow the sinful vices of greed, lust, and idolatry to be strongholds in our life.  It seems like a daunting task to be stronger in worship, chastity, contentment, and commitment.  However, you know that what you feed often wins the day.  Paul says if you sow to the flesh you will reap corruption, but if you sow to the Spirit you will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  
I hope you throw out the seeds of forgiveness, commitment, worship, chastity, and contentment.  The fruit that you will bare for your family and marriage will be sweet rather than bitter.  
This past Sunday I preached on contentment, looking at a few different passages that center on wealth and money.  As I mentioned, money is not evil but it is dangerous.  Clearly if we are not careful, money will become something that tears down rather than builds up. 
I left you will a small challenge for this week.  Paul stated, “godliness with contentment is great gain.”  Are you living content?  Are you able to stand with your sufficiency in Christ, rather than self-sufficiency?  My challenge was to see what you can go without this week.  Do you really need to buy something new?  I challenge you to buy only what you need this week, rather than what you want.  Be content with what you have, all the while thanking God in Christ for what you do have.  Contentment is not discovered in quantity of things, but rather the quality of your heart.  
King David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…”  The Lord is my shepherd, I need nothing else. The Lord is my shepherd, with Him I shall be content.  The Lord is my shepherd, let my find rest in Your pasture Lord.  The Lord is my shepherd, and no pasture culture has to offer will satisfy the cravings of my heart.
Want to catch last week’s sermon?
Mission Run  |  March 30
Sunday Night Connect Groups  |  March 31
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Connect Group Leader Training  |  April 7 @ 5:30

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