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How to Enjoy Who You Are (2 of 20)
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Series .... STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY (the journey of life) .... a study of the book of Philippians.
1- Bible says .... Neh. 8:10 "... the joy of the Lord is your strength."
a- Paul knew that .... he was strong in the journey of life because no matter what circumstances he faced -- he knew the joy of the Lord.
b- Paul is sitting in a Roman prison and he writes a letter of joy to his favorite church .... one that he had founded 10 years earlier.
c- The theme of his entire letter to these people that he loved so much is simply: JOY .... unfettered .... exuberant .... explosive joy.
d- That's why Paul had strength for the journey of his life -- he knew the joy of the Lord ....
2- .... A joy that grew out of his personal relationship with Jesus Christ .... that gave him the purpose .... the pattern ....the passion .... the power for his life.
a- The kind of joy that you, too, can have .... the kind of joy that gives you strength for the journey of your life.
* But where does that kind of joy .... that strength .... begin?
.... That's the question that only God's Word can answer for us.
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(B) Our society has gone through some dramatic changes the past few decades .... people have changed.
1- You can see that change most dramatically illustrated in who we choose for our heroes.
2- There was a time when our heroes were the people of the Bible .... like Paul .... or people of history .... like George Washington. .... or people from our own family .... a grandparent or a parent .... or people in our community or church .... who were especially honorable
3- Regardless of where our heroes came from .... they had a common characteristic -- they were honorable people -- people of character.
a- However, that has changed.
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