October 12, 2008pm   How to have Joy in the midst of a storm?    Philippians 4

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

To survive the storms of life you must have a firm foundation.  Have you seen the Hurricance proof house that was still standing after all the others were washed away?  God wants you to do more than survive.  He wants us to thrive and enjoy it as we live. 

Philippians 4     Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow,a help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

God is the goal and joy and peace are by products.  





God of peace will be with you. 

What makes you happy?  What is it in this world that gives you joy?  Is it possible to have joy and still have trials and tribulations? 



a Or loyal Syzygus

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Php 4:1-9.

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Php 3:20-21.