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Sermon preached on 3/14/2021

Wearing a Tshirt, it's it's a littlebit old. I told all the youth group to wear their Tshirt Dyllan was able toand then I will don't judge them. Yet I realized this theme is from five yearsago. Now you might think well, Pastor,Andrew. It still fits you. You haven't grown much in five years. Yeah! Thankyou, but a couple of them have so that wasthe ar some senior high girls. You mightrecognize Julianne up there. Ah, will she be back for Easter? We hope soweness we Miss Julianne Alight. I know she's graduating from college.It's depressing KCDMY UP! There is engaged, it's justcrazy, all right, so you might recognize some of these people. I did not know. Sarah's boyfriend wasgoing to be here today or else we would have made that picture even bigger. Sothere is little Sarah five years ago, with their braces on and there's who'sthat kid there's Isaac. Some of them havechanged a whole lot. Some of them haven't her mom and dad are going. She stillhas that same, look yeah, so that was that was our theme five yearsago. Whatever this is my least favorite word in the English language, when ateenager says it to me I'll, be saying something and they'll go whatever andto me it just says: I really don't care what you have to say just be quiet andlet's get finished with this conversation, and it always annoyed meand for six or seven years ago I would complainto them about it and, finally, the people who did when we did thetheme they were like. Let's do Philippians four eight. I love that.Let's do that and they're like and let's call it whatever and just Hashtag,whatever everything all week. Yeah I'd be great thanks, but we had ablast. One of the the great camps we've...

...been doing camp for twenty. This will be our twenty. FirstYear we started in twothousand, pastor art has the theme in a notebookof every single camp. We've ever done exactly how many campers attendedexactly how many staff attended. Yeah we've been doing this for a long,long time and whatever. So, let's take a look at it in it's in its context. Sotherefore, one of my favorite words so much better than whatever, therefore,because of everything we've been looking at last week and the weeksbefore brothers and sisters with whom I love and long for my joy and my crownstand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends, so the command is tostand from and this part of chapter four all flows together. It all hasmultiple points that all link together. So the idea is to stand from, and Idon't know if you've noticed, but the culture tends to push us and it's notpushing us towards God. It's not pushing us towards holiness it'spushing us away from God. There are things in the Bible that you might beafraid to defend. It didn't bother me at all. I have light right on my Bible.It has words you can actually even see. I don't know if your Bible has th M,but my bitle has little numbers that are now visible with all theselights on it's fantastic, so we stand firm, a culture, that'spushing us to say you sure bely. You believe in that. Isn't that hateful?Aren't you supposed to love people we can we can we should. We must standfirm on what the Bible says. God designed to the world, God createdpeople. His plan for the way life should operate is always better thanyour plan. Not all of you believe that, but it isthe truth and the moment you believe it you change from Jesus, just being yoursaviour to Jesus being your Lord and...

...you give your life over to him and yougo. You know what in every scenario, I'm going to do it the way God wants meto do it, and I believe that it's the better way. So we stand firm in theLord and then Paul says I plead with the Odia and I plead with Sintiki. Nowyou don't hear about Iodia and Sinticki too often. In fact, I would say I sorarely hear about them that I was shocked last week when I heard aboutthem, someone posted for National Women's Day and listed abunch of women in the Bible and they included Ayodia, Ind Sintiki and I'mlike well. They were kind of known for being like the two hens that areyelling at each other in church. So I don't know that, like that's thegreatest, there were other fantastic women in in the Bible, but I oudion andticky kind of jumped out at me as yeah, maybe maybe not so much so I playedwith the Odia- and I plead with in Sinticky to be of the same mind. So there watch what Paul's going to sayabout them. I ask Yes- and I ask you my true companion- help these women, sincethey have contended at my side in the cause of the Gospel, so they are great women, they'recontending with Paul for the Gospel but they're in the Bible, because they'rekind of being obnoxious to each other get onthe same page and and start getting along the reason these two stick out in mymind. So much is it's got to be twenty five years ago,thirty years ago, my dad preached a sermon about iodia and Sintickian hadtwo stuffed animals that were linked together that he stole from my sisterand never returned. Now, my sister's not one to hold agrudge, so I'm sure she forgivs son completely, but it just for the rest of my life. I will alwaysthink of the Odian Sinticki, with these...

...little bare arms wrapped around eachother, saying you know, be of the same mind, get along hug, each other behappy. Life is good contend. They were contending at Paul'sside for the cause of the Gospel and they couldn't get over whatever the issue was everyone's going to buttheads atsometimes that's that's just kind of natural, but if you're all pursuing the Gospel,if you're all pushing for what the purpose of the church is, then you canget over some of those things and go well, we're all working we're allworking together, and then we get someone else mentioned along withClement and the rest of my co workers. Whome names are in the book of life.This is clemant, we don't know who this is. We have a guess that it might beClement of Rome. You go whose clement of Rome well it's this Gy, who clearlyis in Philippi, who wrote about Corinth, so clement of Rome who lived inPhilippi who wrote about carinth? Maybe we're not we're not certain, but thisis the clement that you, the Clement of Rome that you hear about. If you studytoo much church history, which we won't go into move to the next slide there wego rejoice in the Lord, always and just in case you're, a little slow and forthose people in the back rejoice all right read Jhoice in the Lord alwaysnow this is important. Does it say, rejoice in everything, bad that everhappens to you yeay I got into an accident, you know't know it's sayingput things in perspective and your rejoicing in the Lord allows you torejoice, even when you were in an accident. If you put things inperspective, the bad things that happen to you are not nearly as as bad as thegood things that happen to you and Paul is saying you can rejoice, because youreternity in heaven is secure and that's what it's all about, even if the worldis falling around around you. So if your mother is havingsurgery for cancer or if your wife is...

...having surgery you're, not rejoicingthat that happened, but you're rejoicing, knowing that Ann is abeliever and is going to heaven and her hope is secure. So rejoice, let yourgentleness be evident to to all. We should be a gentle people. Now we had camp a few years ago where wetalked about the fruit of the spirit, and we spent a lot of time ongentleness, because gentleness tends to sound kind of weak and what the Speakerpointed out is the only way to have gentleness is. If you have power right in order to be gentle, you haveto have power. So when Andrew Brown arm wrestles with his children, Michel might say, be gentle because she sang if you go all out,you're going to crush them and we're going to have to go to the hospital, sobe gentle, there's nothing wrong with it. If anything, it's actually acompliment to say you're so powerful. You have to be to be gentle and asChristians, whether it's your intelligence or your wisdom or yourwhatever it is be gentle with other people treat them well. The Lord isnear, don't be anxious about anything. I don't know if you know this, butthere is a lot of anxiety in our world and if you don't have it, then I canpromise you that your children and grandchildren do, and you know anyone anxious aboutanything Y. Okay, I love Kirston Carston's, the most anxious person.I've ever met all right. In fact, my guess is that she saw that the wordanxious was bold up here and got anxiety because she knew I was going totalk about her, but she she talked. She shared an youth group, another greatlesson from from Kirston about her anxiety. She is...

...leaving her job. This is her last weekright, okay, so she has one more week and she's going to a new job. She'svery, very excited about it, and she said this week. I was very anxiousabout my last week at work and what I started to do was pray about it and myanxiety started to lesson and I didn't say anything. I didn'twant to interrupt her lesson and go. I know why I know why I know why look. Iknow why ves six don't be anxious about anything. Well, great, wonderful! Youknow, what's terrific advice to anyone with anxiety, stop being anxious, itit really, truly! Isn't here's the solution. The the solutionis not stop it's here's what you do in every situation by prayer and petitionwith Thanksgiving present, your requests to God. So it's not sayingstop being anxious. It's saying: here's what you do with your anxiety in everysituation! That's Nice! Because I'LL BE HONEST! Some of you are anxious aboutreally stupid things. I don't understand, I don't understand theanxiety. Some of you would be scared to come up here and talk. I love being uphere and talking, so I can't understand everybody's anxiety and you can'tunderstand my anxiety, but the nice thing is, God is saying in everysituation, whatever you're anxious about, even if everybody else is going.That's silly, don't be anxious about that. God Sang bring it right here inevery situation by prayer and petition. There's your start. You're going topray to God and petition means you're going to ask and you're going to do itwith Thanksgiving, because you are able to talk to the God of the universe andyou're able to say God. I was really anxious about thisjob and now I'm transitioning into this new job and I'm not really a big fan ofwhere I'm working right now and I'm on the way out and it can be reallyawkward and you present that request to...

God with God. Thank you for giving me anew JHOP. Thank you for giving me this job. When I, when I asked for it, thisis great present your requests to God. So those of you with anxiety, the moreanxious you are, the more you should pray. That's what Paul is saying righthere, pray about absolutely everything that is the invitation here in everysituation. There's nothing too small that the god of the universe doesn'twant to hear and that's fantastic, don't be anxious about anything. Giveit to God. Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray about. It present your request to God-and here is the problem, the promise, the peace of God will guard your heartsand minds in Christ: Jesus the peace of God. Now God is the best and everythingright God's justice is the greatest justice. God's righteousness is thegreatest righteousness. In fact, our justice and righteousness flow from hischaracter. We Understand Justice and righteousness. Because of God will weunderstand peace because of God, God's peace is the greatest? The God of peace?Will Guard your hearts and notice what it says, the God of peace, whichtranscends all understanding, so you don't have to get it. You don't have tounderstand it. You don't have to be able to figure out. Kirston can say I prayed and I feltbetter. I didn't feel perfect, but I felt better. You don't have tounderstand it. You just have to know that the promise is there that when youhave anxiety you by prayer and petition present your request to God and you doit with Thanksgiving and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and will guard your minds in Christ. Jesus. So acouple things in there. It's for those of us who are in Christ Jesus once youare saved, then you are able to make this this promise because you have nopeace. If you are not a Christian, you have nothing to rejoice about. If youare not a Christian, you can be the...

...poorest person in the world and aChristian, and you have something to rejoice about, and if you are therichest person in the world- and you do not know Jesus, you have nothing torejoice about, because your eternal destiny is hell instead of heaven, soyou have to be in Christ and the peace of God will guard your hearts. Ind yourmind, your emotions, so your mind with anxiety. Getting allworked up and your emotions with anxiety getting all worked up. Thepromise is that God will the peace of God will guard your hearts. Finally, whatever is true: Whatever is noble.Whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely. Whatever isadmirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.So if we were supposed to stand firm and if we were supposed to rejoice, ifwe're supposed to do all of these things, now we're told to think aboutcertain things you can think about really whatever you want, as long asit's true and noble, and right and pure and lovely and admirable, and excellentand praisworthy. Well, that eliminates a whole bunch of stuff. Doesn't it, butanything that is not true or noble, or right or pure or lovely or admirable,or excellent or praiseworthy. We should not focus on now that doesn't mean whenyour kids are being bad and they're, no longer being true or noble, or right orpure. You just ignore them. The idea is that the focus of your life should beon right things, not wrong things. This has to do with what are you listeningto Music Wise? What are you watching onthe Internet? What are you watching on TV just go home Al Right, so we all gotour screen reports today that give you that depressing amount of time that youspent on your your iphone and maybe just stick a note on yourphone that says, is it true? Is it...

...noble? Is it right? Is it pure? Can youimagine how much lower your screentime would be next week? If you didn't lookat anything that was that didn't fit into into this anything? That's excellent orpraiseworthy. Think about such things. Now it does the verses, don't stopright there. It tells you to put it into practice. What whatever you havelearned or received or heard from me or seen in me- put it into practice. Christianity is not just about thinkingabout good things. It's about doing good things again. These are people whohave come to know Jesus's Savior. They are in Christ, so their works did notget them saved. But now God saying I want you to think about this. I wantyou to do this. The last verses were about your emotions, rejoicing getting rid ofanxiety having peace, but that emotion has to Saguey into devotion right. Youhave to then do the things that God wants. Youyou to do camp is great. We have a wonderful time, it's very emotional, but what happens on Saturday and Sundayand Monday? Is there a devotion in in your life? I talke to you about. Sometimes wethink of Jesus's Savior and not as Lord. This slide is talking about him as Lordchanging the way, you're thinking changing the way, you're acting sureyou're safed. But now what are you doing in your relationship with God?What are you putting into practice? Are the things that you're thinking abouttrue and noble, and right, pure and lovely, and admirable and excellent orpraiseworthy, and then Paul's able to say whatever you've learned or receivedor heard from me or seen in me, put it into practice. So whatever you'velearned or received or heard that's all of his preaching. That's all of hiswriting. That's all his teaching and then he says, and what you've seen inme, which means Paul's not just saying...

...hey, I'm good when I'm writing theBible, but the rest of the time. I'm kind of a bad person, don't pay anyattention to me, he's able to say, look at my life and put that into intopractice and the God of peace will be with you. So we look back at the last paragraph andthe God of peace which transcends all understandings, will guard your heartsand your minds he's going to do something internally, to get you torejoice to reduce anxiety. But now he sang go out and put these things intopractice and the God of peace will be with you that it's like he's standingright there with you. I always like when we talk about Jesus being with us, go into the world and preach the Gospel.Make disciples right. Jesus gives this like impossible job and then says I'll,be there with you. I like to hear when somebody sends youto do something I'll, be there with you. So more car trouble at the woods houseright, so caleb has a battery that keeps dying so the first day I went outas the great mechanic that I am and I jumped it and he watched right and the next timeI said, Caleb you're going to jump it and the anxiety. I wasn't really paying attention thefirst time I know, but the father, the dad of peace right saidI'll, be with you right next to you, while you're doing it and I'm not goingto to the best of my ability, let you blow the car enchit up. I don't thinkit's possible, but I do know a battery blew up in my mom's Dad's face. So I'mjust like overly concerned about it and the next time he didn't even call me.He did it all by him all by himself. Yeah Good Job Caleb, the God of peace being right with us,is so encouraging to know when you're...

...doing these things when people aresaying. Oh, why won't you watch that movie? Why don't you listen to thatmusic? Why don't you use that word? It's nice to know that the person whotold you not to do it. The person who you're living your life for is rightthere with you to say it's. Okay, I designed you. I designed the world. Idesigned all of this, and I know the way it's supposed to work and we'redoing it. The right way, the God of peace will be with you. That is a hugepromise and a huge comfort, so those with anxiety who are anxious going well.When I tell my friends, I'm not going to do that when I tell my coworkers I'mnot going to do that, it's okay, the friend who's closer to you than abrother th that God of peace, will be right there with you and he's the onewho you want to impress he's the one you want to live for he's the reasonthat we can rejoice: slet's, pray, heavenly father. I thank you that the risen Jesus just changes. Everything for us that we arenow able to live a life wearing our anxiety is somuch lower because we have hope in Jesus where we can rejoice, because wehave hope in Jesus where we can put into practice and stand firm thingsthat are true and noble, and right and pure and lovely, and excellent, andPraiseworthy and admirable because of Jesus. Thank you for all that you'veprovided for us, including an especially Jesus, our Seder. It's inhis name. We Pray Heman.

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