Pastoral Notes for September 2, 2018

Midweek @ Cornerstone

Learning Contentment: The Secret to a Satisfied Life

We tend to think that our happiness is tied to a certain set of circumstances. We say to ourselves, “If I could find that perfect man or woman, then I’d be complete. If I could alter my physical appearance in some way, then I’d be confident. Or if I could just make a little more money, then I’d be at peace.”

The problem is when we find the spouse we’ve always dreamed of, or get Botox or a new haircut, or finally get the raise we think we deserve, we find that we’re still discontent—maybe even more so. What we thought was the secret to our happiness proved to be a dead end.

Whenever that happens, a burning ache deep inside surfaces. It’s an empty, terrible feeling full of fear and desperate questions like, “Is contentment a mirage that will only ever keep disappearing before my eyes? Is the search for contentment a vain, meaningless pursuit like chasing after wind? Am I doomed to live out my days defeated and dissatisfied, never finding what I’m looking for?”

Wednesday nights this fall, we’re going to stare this struggle in the face by turning our attention to the hope and direction that Scripture provides for weary and dissatisfied hearts like ours. Over the course of ten weeks, we’ll explore…

·      The struggle to find contentment

·      The true source of contentment

·      Biblical strategies for pursuing contentment

·      Spiritual practices for sustaining contentment

Midweek @ Cornerstone begins September 12th. Go ahead and mark your calendars. Invite your friends and neighbors. Let’s come together and learn the secret to a satisfied life!

Dinner at 5:30pm

Vespers/Teaching at 6:15pm

Youth Group at 6:15pm

Children’s Choirs at 6:15pm Adult Choir at 7:15pm

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“For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”—Philippians 4:11-13