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Contentment Part 3

As we have seen so far, it appeared that contentment is a spiritual mystery, and indeed it is. But as Spirit filled children of God, we can grasp a bit of what contentment is and should be and actually learn to be content as the Apostle Paul was. Back in Genesis 33, verses 8, and 11, Jacob when his brother Esau met him, Esau refused Jacob's present…

Contentment - Part 2

Last week we spoke briefly on contentment as Paul mentions that he learned to be content in Philippians 4:11. It was not something that comes naturally but in some regards it is a spiritual mystery. But He has God for his teacher, and that Teacher is all-sufficient and thus is content always, past, present, and future. We are not self-sufficient th…

Contentment Part 1

What is contentment? Can you feel it when you have it? How do you know you have it? Can you even be content? Is it something you want? What are you willing to give up, to get it? Can it be found? Do the Scriptures say anything about contentment? That would definitely be the best place to start looking for answers to our questions. It is the most su…

Ready for Summer?

It has been a while, but summer is almost here. Are you ready for it? Can't wait for it? Me neither, summer is almost here, and the living is easy! Outdoor cookouts, family trips on vacation, walks in the park. What a great time of the year isn't it? We wait awhile to enjoy it, and it is finally here, and it seems to go so fast. Some say it is the …

The Suffering Saint - part 8

As we head into our last part of our series today, Paul has shown us many things pertaining to suffering as he began his second letter to the Corinthians in chapter one, verses 3 through 11. Beginning with a worthy salutation to our God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort to every one of His child…

The Suffering Saint - Part 7

We are at verse 8 and 9 in 2 Cor.1:3-11, and we will wrap up next week with this text. The Apostle Paul reminds this church that he as an Apostle is not exempt from suffering, pain and affliction. He begins that they should not be unaware of the horrific affliction that came to him in Asia, we are not told what it was, affliction remember in the gr…

The Suffering Saint - Part 6

Last week we looked at one reason given by Paul in our text of 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, that afflictions that come upon us, like spiritual gifts that are given to us, should be used to comfort or edify others. Jesus said, ”It is more blessed to give than to receive," in Acts 20:35. Our brethren can most certainly benefit from the afflictions we …

The Suffering Saint - Part 5

English Puritan Richard Sibbes writes, "Glory follows afflictions, not as the day follows the night, but as the spring follows the winter; for the winter prepares the earth for spring, so do afflictions prepare the soul for glory." As we move along in our study of 2 Cor.1:3-11, we have seen that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the Father of …

The Suffering Saint - Part 4

This week we will look at a small phrase in our main text of 2 Cor. 3:-11. Paul has said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,” and our phrase today follows, “who comforts us in all our afflictions.” The greek word here for affliction is the word thlipsis. In …

The Suffering Saint - Part 3

This week we will look at this Comforter in 2 Cor. 1:3, "the God of all comfort." He is stated as being the Father of mercies by the apostle Paul, what kind of comforter is He? Paul states that He is the God of all comfort. And who doesn't need all the comfort one can get while being a Christian where the world hates you, the devil is constantly ag…