Don't Let Your Joy Factor Slip

    by Tom Harrison

    Philippians 4 is one of the best-loved chapters in the Bible. Paul instructs his beloved friends in the Philippian church to think about and practice certain things. If we could follow his simple instructions, our lives would be full of love, joy and peace (the first three attributes listed in the fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23). People spend money hoping to win the lottery, but imagine what would happen if the winner of the lottery received “love, joy and peace.” We all know stories of people who won fame and fortune, but what they thought was so wonderful turned out to be far less than that. Idolatry never satisfied our deepest longings.

    Paul appeals to the Philippians to base their identity “in the Lord.” This phrase appears three times. “The Lord, God, and Christ Jesus” appear eight times in these nine verses. Knowing the Lord and letting His identity be in us changes everything. Being “in the Lord” is what our hearts yearn for.

    Our readings and the sermon this week are about joy. The sermon from Philippians 4:1-7 is titled, “Don’t Let Your Joy Factor Slip.”

    Tuesday: Psalm 98
    Wednesday: Proverbs 17:22
    Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-20
    Friday: Hebrews 12:1-2 
    Saturday: James 1:2-4 
    Sunday: Philippians 4:1-7

    I’ll look for you this Sunday,

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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