In the conversation for Sunday, November 26, 2017, Pastor Stuart Nice encourages us to choose gratitude over complaining. In this talk, he explores why we complain, the dangers of complaining, and turning our complaints into empowerment.
Sacred Reading 00:00-12:00, Conversation 12:00-44:07
Do everything without complaining and arguing.
Philippians 2:14 (NLT)
A note about the recording of the Sacred Reading:
The reader will pause between each of the four readings. The pauses have been left in the recording so that the listener can experience the rhythm of the gathering and even participate in the reading. Below are the guidelines for each of the four readings of the practice.
- Read: Read the passage and receive it as God’s message to you.
- Reflect: Read the passage again and look for the word or phrase that the Holy Spirit highlights to your heart.
- Respond: Take the highlighted words and make them a prayer.
- Rest: Rest your heart on God’s promises.
In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless.
Philippians 2:14-16 (TLB)