Enjoy What God Has Given You

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Enjoy-What-God-Has-Given-You.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 50   I.         Have you given a gift that wasn’t appreciated?             A.        “That’s nice, but it wasn’t what I hoped to receive.”             B.        “Thanks, but it would have been better if you also included …”             C.        Or worse, it just sits there, not being used             D.        It’s frustrating to the giver.             E.        But consider…

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Out of Context

by Andy Brenton II Opinions 4:13 Philippians 4:13 is one of the most well-known New Testament verses, but it’s also notoriously misused. After telling his audience that he’s experienced both poverty and affluence, the Apostle Paul writes these well-known words: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Many of us have seen…

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An Ideal Life

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/AnIdealLife.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalm 128   I.         We often speak of our longing for heaven, our home where the cares and troubles of this life will not exist.             A.        We know that heaven is a blessing reserved for the followers of God, but all rewards for following God are not consigned to the next…

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Jamaica Patois Wisdom – Contentment

The Jamaican Patois dialect is colorful, unique and humorous. It is my desire to share some of the philosophy shown in this mix of colorful phrases that are witty as well as thought-provoking. I hope the readers both profit and enjoy. In my quarter-century plus of teaching there, I have come to appreciate some things…

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How to be Happy

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/HowToBeHappy.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Philippians 4:1-7   I.         Are you happy? Truly happy?             A.        For many people the answer is “I would be happy, if …”                         1.         If something changed, then I could be happy.                         2.         Sometimes the change is something simple. “Once I lose another ten pounds, I’ll be happy.”                         3.         But too often the demand is…

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The Road to Contentment

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/RoadToContentment.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Philippians 4:10-14   I.         In case some of the kids missed it, you know it’s that time of year again: school is back in session!             A.        Have you noticed that a few classes are just great.                         1.         The time just flies by.                         2.         The homework isn’t that bad.             B.        But there are those other…

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Contentment in Christ

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014Fall6ContentmentInChrist.mp3 by Mike Waters The Good Life

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Is it wrong to be competitive in school?

Question: Is it wrong to be competitive in school? I know that God stresses the importance of education, but I see myself to be very competitive when it comes to grades. It’s not an ego thing where I get scores to show off or anything, but it is because I want to get into good…

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Expecting the Impossible

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ExpectingTheImpossible.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 19:16-26   I.         With God, all things are possible – Matthew 19:26             A.        Even the saving of a wealthy man, if he desired to be saved.             B.        Yet, we must understand that some things are impossible for even God                         1.         It is impossible for God to lie – Hebrews 6:17-18                         2.         He cannot…

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