BCC Staff: This week is a time our nation has set aside to recall the reasons we have to be thankful. But this can be so challenging while we live in a fallen world. Kevin Carson offers some counsel for those who might struggle with gratitude. Maybe you need it. Or maybe you’ll be able to use it with some counselees.
Have you ever had a year when you thought Thanksgiving holiday didn’t fit it very well? Financial downturn. Job loss. Natural disasters. Vicious politics. Add to this the times people have sinned against you through reckless gossip, broken promises, neglected relationships, or dishonest business. Oh yeah, plus family with health problems, maybe even your personal health difficulties. As we gather around friends and family this year, in all honesty, many in our churches will find it hard to say the time-honored Thanksgiving family prayer from a grateful heart.
Question - Paul - Circumstance - Philippians - Consider
Maybe you find yourself asking the question, “How can Paul say that he had learned regardless of the circumstance to be content (Philippians 4:11)?” Consider Paul’s circumstances: he is writing from a prison. Others (actually preachers) are choosing to sin against him. He is not sure if he is going to live or die. Some in the church are preaching a false gospel. Good friends were not getting along. Yet, in spite of all this, Paul still could say…regardless of where I am and what is going on, I find a way to be content.
Christ was at the center of Paul’s life. His relationship with Christ was based upon Christ’s humble obedience to the Father and not on his (Paul’s) efforts (Philippians 2:5-11; 3:3-7). Paul kept a clear view of the cross and its implications for salvation. He thought of Christ as his example – and the example for all believers. Christ demonstrated...
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