Honoring the Lord with Our Mind (1 of 3) by Steve Wagers

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Honoring the Lord with Our Mind (1 of 3)
Series: Honoring the Lord in 2006
Steve N. Wagers
Philippians 4:8
January 8, 2006

Sermon Outline
1. The Thoughts to be Purged from Our Mind!
A) Condemning Thoughts!
B) Confusing Thoughts!
2. The Thoughts to be Practiced by our Mind!
A) How the Peace of God is Captured!
B) How the Peace of God is Continued!
3. The Thoughts to be Prioritized in our Mind!
A) Thoughts Which Reflect the Person of Christ!
B) Thoughts Which Render the Praise of Christ!

Last week we established our theme for 2006. As a church, we are declaring to be "Honoring the Lord in 2006." The text for our theme is found in 1 Samuel 2: 30. It is there, through a prophet, that God spoke to Eli and reminded Him of what was expected of His people, and thus declared, "them that honour me I will honour." In other words, God was giving a 100% guarantee that if we, individually or corporately, will honor Him He, in turn, will honor us.

I mentioned some ways in which we could honor the Lord. We looked at how we can honor God with our time, our talent and our treasure. I want to build upon that premise, of how we can honor the Lord, by looking at some of these ways in a little more detail. I want us to see how we can honor God with our mind, with our mouth, with our money and with our ministry.
A June 1999 story in the Wall Street Journal said that HMO's reported that as much as 70 percent of all visits to a primary care physician are for a psychosomatic illness, a disorder that involves both mind and body. According to Dr. David Sobel, a primary care physician and author of the highly respected "Mind-Body Health Newsletter," only 16 percent of people who visit their physician for common maladies are diagnosed with a physical, organic cause.

In other words, that means that a whopping 84 percent are suffering from an illness that originated in their mind. These statistics reveal that the vast majority of people literally think the ...


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