Peace in Life’s Hardships

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umbrella in stormThe existence of hardship is one of the universal proofs of our fallen condition of the world we live in and our own nature as human beings. Ongoing trouble is a life reality that we cannot control or stop. We must find a way to deal with it.

This is why Jesus & His message are so critical and powerful. Through Jesus we can have a life that rises above the fallen nature of this world. Through Jesus we can Choose real Joy in the face of Life’s hardships. But it requires intentional actions of the heart that play our in our habits.

Last weekend’s message focused on four responses to hardship that deepen Jesus’ peace in your life no matter what you face.

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Choosing Joy- Pursuing Peace

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sad facesLast week we raised the question without the answer… How do we stand firm in our peace in Christ when we have genuine disagreements amongst ourselves? One of the joy killers for Christ followers is tension between fellow believers. Sometimes low grade frustration over personalities or other differences push us apart or drive us to open conflict.

Here are the answers we discovered in Philippians 4.

Col. 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 

BOTTOM LINE: Keep Your Heart Anchored in Jesus as Lord.

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Choosing Joy- Making Peace

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One of the great joy killers for Christ followers is tension between fellow believers. Sometimes low grade frustration over personalities or other differences push us apart or drive us to open conflict. Other times conflict over interpretations or approaches to Christian life and ministry makes us wonder if we will ever see Jesus’ true church emerge.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

In the movie Divergent Children live in birth family until a sorting moment comes in their culture. Then after some intense testing reveals their natural tendencies & strengths they must choose a faction to live with. The culture’s motto is faction over blood. This is where  ultimate loyalty lies.

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Choose Joy- Choose Jesus

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colored crossWe had a great Easter weekend of worship. At least two salvations that we know of resulted from out time together. I hope you were able to experience the presence of God in a positive & powerful way.

I invite you to keep it going by joining us this week as we learn more about how to choose joy through the powerful presence of Jesus in our lives.

Here are the main points from last weekends lesson about how Jesus makes a whole new life possible. You can catch the full audio along with a cool personal story at parkviewfamily.com.

1John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

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