November 11, 2018
preached by Doug Cooper
Time of Reflection Quotations
“My anxieties have anxieties.”
~ Charles Schulz (1922-200), renowned cartoonist
“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”
~ Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American writer and visual artist
“We live in a society bloated with data, yet starved for wisdom. We’re connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct.”
~ Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey, Polynesian explorer and cultural anthropologist
“If our hope is anchored in our own experience or efforts, we will never be settled.”
~ Rankin Wilbourne, contemporary pastor, excerpts from his book Union with Christ
“If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.”
~ Thomas Watson (1620-1686), English Puritan preacher and author
“If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach.”
~ William Barclay (1907-1978), Scottish minister, professor and author
“If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer.”
~ Anne Graham Lotz (1948-present), contemporary author
“The more we understand the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we find it is the end of insecurity — not the perfect end in this age, but the increasing and ultimate end.”
~ Jon Bloom, contemporary author and blogger
Philippians 3:20-4:9 (NIV)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-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 every situation, 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 and sisters, 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.