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Paul says this in Philippians 4:11–13 (NIV):

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”


Paul gives us a glimpse into his life experience. Notice the words “learned” and “know.” The Christian’s life is a life of learning. This is best indicated in the word: disciple. A disciple is a learner, a student, a follower of Jesus Christ.

I am sure Paul learned a lot of other things in life but here he focuses on the idea of contentment. In a world that is anything but content the Christian’s life should be a model of contentment. Paul clearly points us to the reason for contentment in “any and every situation.” It is through the one that gives him strength.

What Paul had learned and what Paul knew to be fact was that a God-centered life was the only way to truly live.

Appeal: Our Conference is in the business of bringing contentment to the people in our area. Through churches, pastors, education, and other programming. Our offering today will go to assist with this vital work for our time.


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Originally prepared for April 28, 2012