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'In Any and Every Circumstance'

Christ has given us what we need to fulfill his mission in our lives.

Introduction

Our lives are changing rapidly. Our plans and schedules and some of our most basic routines all feel like they’re changing on us by the hour. This is certainly a difficult, strange, and unprecedented time to be alive. So many people who are a lot older than I am have frequently told me that, “We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetime, where we can’t be in physical contact with anyone during a crisis that’s affecting everyone.” This is hard. This is disappointing. This is life-altering and even life-threatening for so many people.

So, what do we do? What do we do when we feel crushed? When we feel hopeless, confused, and beat down by the fluctuating circumstances of life that are totally outside our control? Well, I want to look at a passage that has always challenged me but also never failed to comfort me and point me in the right direction—to point me to Jesus and the strength that he provides. And my hope is that the way God has used this passage to help me and strengthen me, he would do the same for you.

(Read Philippians 4:11-13)

In any and every circumstance. In any and every circumstance! This is the remarkable, audacious, and comprehensive language that Paul uses here in verse 12—"In any and every circumstance.” Here’s a man who is claiming that he has learned how to face all the different ebbs and flows of life, and to face them with contentment in his heart.

Changing Seasons of Life

Right away we need to see that Christianity recognizes the changing circumstances of life. True Christianity never presents a theology and a life to be lived where you’re always up but never down. You’re always abounding but never brought low. ...

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Jeremy A. McKeen is the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, MA.

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