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Enjoy Your Life, Part 2 - by Michael Phillips
Enjoy Your Life - Part 2 of 2
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Ephesians 1:3-12
Jan 25, 2009 am - In my last sermon, I urged you to enjoy your life. You ought to do this, in the first place, because God tells you to- Eat your bread with joy, Drink your wine with a merry heart, Let your garments always be white, Let your head lack no oil, Live joyfully with the wife whom you love, Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might. These are the commands of God, and yes, I know they're in Ecclesiastes, a book notoriously hard to interpret, but verses from other parts of the Bible can be cited to the same effect, without wondering how they're to be taken. 1 Timothy 6:17 is a good example- Command those who are rich in the present age not to be haughty or to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Everything we have-Paul says-is the gift of God and we ought to receive it with maximum gratitude and wring all the happiness out of it we can. In a word- Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, Even the God of our salvation. Before we go in, I want to reflect on the word, loads. It is used several times in the Old Testament, and most often, refers to burdens borne by donkeys. Joseph's brothers-for example-loaded up ... More >>>

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