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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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Peace is very good thing. If you have it in some form, thank God for it.

If you don’t, or you would like more, pray. If you are anxious, pray. Let your requests be made known to God. Remember to thank him for the good and the bad things in your life.

And God will give you peace. And this peace will, through the saving work of Jesus, protect your heart and mind.

Isn’t that a great promise?

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Performed by Becki Warnock, Song by Scott Jamison

Philippians 4:6-7

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This God-his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?

Psalm 18:30-31

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Perfection
True in Word
A Shield
A Rock

This is our God, the LORD.

Take refuge in him.

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Performed by Jeff Warren, Percussion by Chris Richter, Song by Scott Jamison

Psalm 18:30-31

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For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

Luke 19:10

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Are you lost? We all are (or were).
Do you need to be saved? We all do (or did).

There is one who seeks after your soul.
The Son of Man – the Son of God – Jesus, our seeking Saviour

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By Jeff Warren

Luke 19:10

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Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

James 4:15-17

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We should be aware, and speak as if we are aware, of God’s sovereignty in what happens to us and what we do.
If we don’t we are foolishly and proudly acting as if we are the determiners of what happens to us and what we are able to do.

Do not be an arrogant boaster.

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Sung by Adelyn and Scott Jamison – Guitar by Phil Krause – Song by Scott Jamison

James 4:13-14

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Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:13-14

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It is a proud thing to act like we know with certainty what is going to happen in the future. James is encouraging us to not be proud in this way.

And why shouldn’t we be proud. Because we are finite. We are on the earth a short time. And we are not sovereign.

We should remember that we are finite. And we should remember and trust and glorify and obey the One who is infinite.

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Sung by Adelyn and Scott Jamison – Guitar by Phil Krause – Song by Scott Jamison

James 4:13-14

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1

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A soft answer? But I don’t feel like responding with a soft answer. The other person just said something really nasty about me, or threatened me, or insulted me. They don’t deserve a soft answer. They deserve a mean-spirited, harsh answer. I’m sure that if I respond with a harsh word, they’ll back down and see the wisdom of the way I’ve been doing things.

Wait now, that’s not how God responded to my sin. He responded with grace and mercy and love.

I didn’t deserve a soft answer, but God gave me one anyway: Seek first the Kingdom of God.

So if I want to be godly, I should respond to my fellow sinner in the same way as God did.

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Sung by Krause and Jamison kids, Scott Jamison – Guitar by Phil Krause – Song by Scott Jamison

Proverbs 15:1

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To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:20-21

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The section of this text in quotation marks is from Proverbs. It’s also echoed by Jesus in Luke and Matthew. So here we have a way of living that is proclaimed by Solomon, Jesus and the Apostle Paul.

And yet so many Christians don’t act in this way. We find it too easy to do evil to those who do evil to us. This is the natural man way of acting.

But the holy, Godly, Christlike approach is to do good to those who do evil to us. It is the way Paul says we can overcome evil with good.

How can you do this today?

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Sung by Debbie Jamison – Guitar by Jeff Warren – Song by Scott Jamison

Romans 12:9-10

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Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Romans 12:17-19

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The beginning and ending of this passage is largely the same message: Don’t return evil for evil.

The middle section provides a good way to do this, and is very good advice no matter what your situation is: So far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

It’s important to note that Paul doesn’t say – always live peaceably with all – because he knows that is sometimes something that is impossible to do without both sides acting towards it.

But Paul wants no Christian to be the reason there isn’t peace in any relationship.

Can you see steps that you can move towards peace in the relationship that is now troubling you the most. Then move towards it.

Even if the other side isn’t.

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Sung by Debbie Jamison – Guitar by Jeff Warren – Song by Scott Jamison

Romans 12:9-10

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Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Romans 12:14-16

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How should you interact with others? Here is some wise behavior that is fairly simple to understand but sometimes difficult to live out.

The common idea here is connection. Live in right connection with others.

If they are persecuting you.
If they are rejoicing.
If they are weeping.
If they are ‘lowly’.

Live in harmony with them. Associate with them. Bless them. Do not be haughty with them.

Connect with them. In humility.

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Sung by Debbie Jamison – Guitar by Jeff Warren – Song by Scott Jamison

Romans 12:9-10

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Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Romans 12:11-13

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Paul is looking for intentionality – in spirit, in serving the Lord, in rejoicing, patience, prayer and contribution.

We should look at this list and see how we’re doing, in our church and in the world.

Are you intentional with these things?

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Sung by Debbie Jamison – Guitar by Jeff Warren – Song by Scott Jamison

Romans 12:9-10

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