Living Life with Purpose!
Jesus said in John 10:10, "I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full." (NIV). There is no better way to live a full life than to have a purpose for living. Paul understood that having purpose brought passion to living. You can read about this in Philippians 1:12-18. God wants you to enjoy life.
A personal sense of purpose works in two ways. First, we work on it. Then, it works on us. Once Paul had determined his life mission, that purpose daily improved his attitude. In prisons, shipwrecks, beatings, through trials and debates, Paul kept on smiling because of his strong sense of purpose. He understood that people can either surrender to their circumstances, or they can surrender to a cause that is so great, their circumstances won't matter.
When we surrender to our circumstances, we have good days and bad days. We are at the mercy of what happens to us. When we surrender to a cause or purpose, we have good days wherever we go; the purpose never dies. Paul's attitude helped his purpose go forward, then his purpose helped his attitude go forward! His attitude helped him conclude that it didn't matter what happened to him or others--so long as the mission continued.
The people who attend Abundant Life Assembly understand that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ helps us find, understand, and pursue our purpose in life! We believe that healthy friendships provide resources and encouragement in reaching God's best for us! We offer Sunday Morning Worship and Small Group opportunities throughout the week to foster and nurture these relationships. People of all ages can come and find people who enjoy their relationship with God and others.
May you find God's Best as your purpose in life!
For additional information you may contact us:
Office Phone: 740-389-5936
Facebook: Abundant Life Assembly
Directions to Abundant Life
Abundant Life is located at 2303 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road (SR 95) in Marion, Ohio. The church is located one-quarter mile east of the intersection of State Routes 23 and 95.
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How Do We Endure?
Read 2 Corinthians 1:1 through 4:18
How can we endure the pain of life? The difficulties, heartbreaks, and broken dreams?
Susan sat alone, pondering her past year. She had experienced many losses, and she now faced financial difficulties she did not know how to fix. She reached for her Bible, opened it to where her bookmark was, and read the following verse:
We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
This verse was not a quick answer for Susan. However, in it was the secret to enduring all her problems and pain—to look to the future, not dwell on the present.
We need to learn to take our eyes off our present pain and look at the future glory. When we are able to do that, we will be able to echo Paul’s words: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (verses 8–9).
Challenge for Today: Take your eyes off your present problems and focus on God’s promises.
Quicklook: 2 Corinthians 4:7–12,16–18
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