Summary: 1. Talk about your Savior (vs. 9, 13, 19). 2. Talk about your strength (vs. 10-13). 3. Talk about your support (vs. 14-18). 4. Talk about your supply (vs. 19).

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Right Words for a World Gone Wrong

Philippians 4:9-19

Sermon by Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church - Sept. 12, 2010

*Where were you when the world stopped turning that September morn? (1)

-We will always remember. -- The F-15 pilot who was flying directly over one of the towers when it went down said: “It’s my generation’s Pearl Harbor.”

*So much happened so fast:

-At 7:45 a.m. (our time) American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles with 92 people slammed into the north tower of the WTC.

-8:03 a.m. About 18 minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles with 65 people hit the south tower of the WTC.

-8:43 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles to LAX with 64 people crashed into the Pentagon. -- One of the building’s 5 sides collapsed.

-9:00 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco with 45 people crashed 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA, stopped by brave passengers who gave their lives to keep that plane from hitting the White House or the Capital.

-9:05 a.m. The south tower of the WTC collapsed in a plume of ash and debris.

-9:28 a.m. The WTC’s north tower collapsed. (2)

*We live in a world that can turn upside down in a second.

-A phone call or text message can come out of the blue to shake us to the core.

*Friday morning at 7:45, Ouachita Parish deputies received a call from a witness stating that two people were dead in a home on Mount Vernon Church Road.

-At 8:15, West Ouachita High School was locked down, and for their own safety, students were placed against classroom walls.

-At 9:04, the lockdown was over with 10th grade student Dalton Fletcher in custody, charged in the murder of his parents Tammy & Johnny.

-Principal Mickey Merritt first heard about the lockdown, as he was in a staff meeting about another student, Tyler Redmond, who apparently committed suicide Thursday night. (3)

*Tyler’s great grandmother is Mary Parker, a very faithful member of our church.

-Dalton Fletcher’s grandmother lives across the street from Mary Parker, and as you can imagine the whole community is tremendously upset.

-Let’s pray for these all.

*We live in a world that can turn upside down in a second.

-But if I am a Christian, I know that what God says in Rom 8:28 is true: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

-If I am a Christian, God will turn my trouble into a testimony. We could even see this in one of the News Star articles yesterday. A junior by the name of Natalie Rieger told the reporter that “many students were praying silently.” Natalie also told the reporter, “My friend Kelsey said, ‘this is a time when nobody needs to be an atheist.’” (3)

*That’s a great testimony, and here in Phil 4, Paul gives another great testimony.

-We can look at Paul’s words and find out what to say when our world goes wrong.

1. First: talk about your Savior.

*Paul talked about Jesus all the time. And in these verses we see two of the most famous things Paul ever said about our Savior:

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