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Peace that Perseveres (1)
Philippians 4: 7, 9, 13
I - The Provider and Extent of this Peace (7)
II - The Presence and Experiencing of this Peace (9)
III - The Phenomenon and Example of this Peace (13)
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Theme: ''The peace of God and the God of peace''
5 Things that Steal Your Peace
There are probably hundreds of things that can rob your peace, but here are five top peace-stealers, with a few examples:
Worry - Obsessing about my kids' choices, the job market, the bills, the pesticides in food, pollution, the war in Ukraine, unqualified teachers in the school district, liberal media...on and on!
Fear - The ''What If's:'' what if one of my children dies, what if there is a fire, what if we lose the house, what if my marriage fails, what if I get cancer, what if there is an accident?
Shame - I made bad choices, I should stop smoking, I was abused, I cheated, I failed, I quit something important, I come from a poor background. I eat too much.
Regret - I should have been a better daughter, mother, wife, friend, and student. I should have known better. I should have listened. I wish I could do it over. Why did I do it?
Busyness - My calendar is so full there is not a moment to rest or reflect, unless I go on vacation. I can't say no. I am burdened by doing too much.
Rachel Anne Ridge
Let us look at this thing called peace and limit the things that rob us of peace.
Portrait of Peace
Long ago a man sought the perfect picture of peace. Not finding one that satisfied, he announced a contest to produce this masterpiece. The challenge stirred the imagination of artists everywhere, and paintings arrived from far and wide. Finally the great day of revelation arrived. The judges' uncovered one peaceful scene after another, while the viewers clapped and cheered.
The tensions grew. Only two pictures remained veiled.
As a judge ...
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