SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

CHRISTMAS PEACE (3 OF 3)

by Kerry Shook


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Christmas Peace (3 of 3)
Series: Ripple Effect
Pastor Kerry Shook


3 Causes of War in Our Hearts and Minds

- We battle with circumstances that are uncontrollable

- We battle with people who are unchangeable

- We battle with problems that are unexplainable

''For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'' Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

''Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.'' Luke 2:14 (NIV)

''I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.''
John 14:27 (LB)

1. ACCEPT THE KING'S PLAN

''May Your kingdom come; may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'' Matt. 6:10 (GN)

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen
--Reinhold Niebuhr

2. SURRENDER TO THE KING'S CONTROL

''Stop quarreling with God! If you agree with Him, you will have peace at last, and things will go well for you.'' Job 22:21 (NLT)

3. TRUST THE KING TO PROVIDE FOR ME

''God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.'' Matt. 6:33 (NLT)

''He (Jesus) will settle disputes among great nations. They will hammer their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again.'' Isaiah 2:4 ( ...

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