Celebrating 78 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
Current Sermon Series: "Good News For All People"
Sept 18th message: "God's People?"
Read Romans 11:1-6
Please join us at 10:45 AM.
Our new Music Minister, Leland Parks, has begun
his ministry. Join us for uplifting praise and worship.
Our new Children's Minister, Jenny Jackson, has begun
her ministry: "His Kids". Bring your children to children's
church for worship, learning and fun.
Our youth ministry: "Youth 4 Him" is led by Michael Morris. They meet each Monday at 7 PM for grades 7 thru 12. Join them for Bible study, field trips, sharing the love of God and possibly a sports team.
Each Tuesday - Prayer meeting in the chapel at 9:00 AM.
Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month we offer "Produce Only" days. Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available to everyone. The next opportunity is September 27 2016.
If only I had more money… If only I had a better job… If only I was more successful… If only I could meet that special person… If only I was more talented… If only I looked like him or her… If only... If only... People who have this sort of outlook on life are missing something very precious. They are missing one of the greatest gifts in life, and that gift is contentment. The Apostle Paul said, “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim 6.6). You can have all the money in the world and still not be content. Yet, if you are content and godly, then you are rich—rich in a way that most people don’t understand.
Believe it or not, you can have contentment in your life even when things aren’t going your way. Contentment is not based on what is going on around you but on what is going on within you. It involves an inner peace that is able to weather any storm of life. Contentment guards you against covetousness and complaining (Heb 13.5-6). For when you are content, you will not envy what another has nor will you complain about what you don’t have. Contentment comes as you realize that all you really need is a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. For in him we find our joy and peace.
This all sounds great, but you may be thinking, “You don’t know what I’m going through. I can’t possibly be content with the difficulties I’m facing.” Well, consider what the Apostle Paul went through. He faced many obstacles and hardships in his service for Christ. At times he was even put in prison for his faith in Christ. On one of those occasions while in prison, he testified to the strength and contentment Christ gave him. He said, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil 4.11-13). Paul learned to be content in spite of his circumstances, whether good or bad. How? He depended on the power of Christ within to help him be content. That same power resides in you and me as believers in the Lord.
One of the reasons why some of us struggle with contentment is because we focus on things we wish were changed rather than focusing on the Lord and his goodness. All of us wish that some of our circumstances were different. Very few, if any, can say that everything is going just the way they want it to. So we have to learn how to be content in circumstances that are not ideal. One thing that helps me is prayer. When I pray and put my life in God’s hands, I feel his peace and assurance. I realize that he is in control and that everything will work out fine in the end. Why not take some time today to pray in order to place your life and future in God’s hands? He will take care of you. He will fill you with contentment and peace.