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How to Deal with Conflict (8 of 20)
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) .... Series .... STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY (the journey of life) .... study the book of Philippians.
1- Bible says .... Neh. 8:10 "... the joy of the Lord is your strength."
2- Paul had strength for the journey .... because he knew the joy of the Lord .... regardless of his situation.
a- Under house arrest .... chained to 2 Roman guards ... 24/7 .... waiting to appear before Nero -- the emperor who hated Christians.
b- Paul's joy grew out of his personal relationship with Jesus .... which brought Paul: His purpose In Life (Ch.1) .... and His Pattern For Life (Ch. 2)
Ch. 2:5 "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."
.... We are to be inhabited by the mind of Christ ... and we are to put the mind of Christ into operation in our lives.
.... He is our pattern.
c- Only when we are all committed to having "the mind of Christ" together can we be "like- minded."
.... And only then can we deal with the conflict of our lives.
* READ TEXT....emphasizes "like-minded" (unified)..."of one mind."
-- At a county fair the townspeople held a horse-pulling contest. The 1st place horse ended up moving a sled weighing 4,500 pounds. The 2nd place finisher pulled 4,000 pounds. The owners of the 2 horses decided to see what these horses could pull together. They hitched them up and found that the team could move 12,000 pounds. By working separately the 2 horses were good for only 8,500 pounds. When coupled together, their cooperation produced an added 3,500 pound.
(Our Daily Bread, Special Edition, Day 15) IOWJANFEB94.
(B) Very little in life is accomplished by yourself.
.... Very little is accomplished without cooperation.
1- Unity produces far greater results than individual efforts.
2- When there is unity .... there is tremendo ...
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