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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Contentment | Coveting

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house…spouse…or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Exodus 20:17 In order to understand contentment, let’s look at its opposite: coveting. Coveting makes God’s Top Ten List of practices to avoid. We don’t use that word much anymore, but we are very familiar with the practice. In the 21st century,…
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Contentment | Hardships

For the sake of Christ I am content with…hardships…For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinth. 12:10   Whoa! That’s going a little too far, Paul. It’s one thing to tolerate hardships. Most of us can manage a white-knuckle, cry into our pillows, pop-a-pill-til-it’s-over endurance, but is it possible to be content…
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Contentment | Never Enough

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  Hebrews 13:5   “How much money is enough?” the counselor asked. Roy lifted his chin. “One more dollar,” he said with a proud nod. Roy’s wife closed her eyes and shook her…
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Contentment | Whatever Circumstances

…I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  Philippians 4:11   “But why can’t I have it?” whined Amy. “I need it. Everybody else has one.” She dogged her mother’s footsteps through the house, listing the reasons she needed the hottest new technological gadget. Her mother patiently explained their financial situation and…
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Contentment | A Great Gain

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  1 Timothy 6:6 “You deserve it!” “Splurge a little!” “Why be boring, fat, ugly, gray-haired, poor, and using the wrong dish soap when you could be the most dazzling creature on Planet Earth with our product!” We are bombarded with reminders that we are not quite enough and…
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More Than Love | Oppose the Proud

Younger people be subject to the elders… for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5   Before there were Millennials, there were Gen Xer’s. And before that, there were Baby Boomers. Each new generation of young adults views their elders as clueless about life. The ink is still drying…
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More Than Love | Wasted Treasures

 …everyone who has, more will be given, but the one who has not, even what he has will be taken. Luke 19:26     Bert lay on his deathbed, breath coming in shallow gasps. He motioned for his nurse to bring him a pad and pen, and with great effort, he scrawled: “It’s buried under…
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More Than Love | Anything Except…

Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, so he circumcised him because of the Jews…  Acts 16:3   “I’d do just about anything for the Lord except________.” What would you put in the blank? For most men, circumcision would make the top two. In Jewish culture, circumcision was a high priority. It was an act decreed…
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More Than Love | Lame Commands

Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water.  Luke 5:3   Jesus’ first command to the man who would later become one of Christianity’s foremost evangelists was very simple. He stepped into Peter’s boat and said, “Let’s go.” That was all. It was something Peter…
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More Than Love | Ordinary People

…the fishermen…were washing their nets.… Luke 5:2   It was an ordinary day. Ordinary nets. Ordinary conversation. Peter and his buddies were busy working after a long night of fishing with little to show for it—and that’s where Jesus found them. When Jesus went looking for the kind of men who would make good disciples,…
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