Hey there Flatwoods family,
I really had a great time gathering with you all this past Sunday.  It was good to be back in the pulpit after an excellent 15 year anniversary vacation.  Our vacation was so good, so refreshing, and so relaxing.  
Sunday I jumped into chapter 4 of Philippians which began a two part sermon on peace.  Paul mentions peace twice in the first nine verse, which I think causes the word peace to jump off the page.  
Peace may not be a word we use often, but it describes the desire of our heart.  We desire our relationships to be at peace, our world to be at peace, our home to be at peace, and our mind to be at peace.  I believe God desires you to experience peace in all these areas, and if you know the God of peace through the Prince of Peace we can experience the peace of God.
I love what Paul encourages the Philippians church to do in Philippians 4:4.  Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.”  Coming off his discussion on conflict, Paul exhorts the church to rejoice.  Rejoicing is the verbal form of joy.  Joy is a fruit of the Spirit.  As we are rooted in Christ, the Spirit bears fruit in our life and one result is joy.  Rejoicing is not manufactured through pure grit, but is a result of the pure joy that comes from knowing the Prince of Peace.  
I am sure by now your mind is already thinking about Christmas.  With Christmas comes a lot of fan fare, but I also with it comes focus.  Let your focus be on the Prince of Peace.  Jesus, the long expected Savior and Prince of Peace, broke into the world fulfilling all of Scripture.  If you are in Christ and Christ is in you, then you have the Prince of Peace with you.  He desires for you to experience the peace that came through His sacrificial death.  Remember the Prince of Peace died in your place, paid the debt you owed, in order that you might be at peace with the Father.  
If you didn’t catch Sunday’s sermon the video is below.  I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday.
God bless,
Jonathan Johnson
1. Resolve conflict.  Is there someone you need to spend time with in order to resolve conflict
2. Rejoice always.  Are you living with a heart of rejoicing?
3. Be reasonable.  Are you reasonable and gentle as you live everyday life?

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