Up & Coming Weekly

December 11, 2018

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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26 UCW DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM DEC 16 4PM JAM Session w/Bob Steele No Cover Charge DEC 13 8PM Soul Decree No Cover Charge DEC 15 8PM The Righteous Melody Makers $5 Cover Charge Live Music sponsored by 719 Starling St. | Fayetteville, NC 28303 | 910.779.2829 | www.paulsplacenc.com MUSIC THE CROWN COMPLEX 1960 Coliseum Dr. • 910-438-4100 www.crowncomplexnc.com Jan. 12 Rodney Carrington Feb. 22 Community Concerts Presents: Three Dog Night Feb. 22 Shinedown with Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria Feb. 27 Community Concerts Presents: The Choir of Man FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 5400 Ramsey St. • 910-433-4690 www.fayettevillesymphony.org Jan. 17 Magical Mozart Feb. 9 Love is in the Air PAUL'S PLACE 719 Starling St. • 910-779-2898 www.paulsplacenc.com Dec. 15 Righteous Melody Makers Dec. 21 Suttle Touch LUIGI'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 528 N McPherson Church Rd. • 910-864-1810• www.luigisnc.com Dec. 14 JD & Bill Dec. 15 Mercy Creek THE TAPHOUSE AT HUSKE 411 Hay St. • 910-426-5650 Dec. 14 Frankie Moree Dec. 15 DJ Manny The art of contentment by DAN DEBRULER In my home, we often talk about trusting God to meet our needs. That doesn't mean we stand on the shore and watch for our ship to come in. We work hard to make sure we've done all we can to provide for our family and others, but we still trust God. I catch myself praying and ask- ing for specific things — you know, a particular amount of money, favor- able diagnosis of a car problem and things like that. Nothing wrong with that, but there is truly more to having your needs met than having stuff go your way. It may be as simple as being content with where you are and what you have. My wife and I must be on the same wavelength concerning contentment. We have a little chalkboard in our kitchen where we'll write a recipe or date night idea, but recently I walked into the kitchen and saw these words: "What if God has already provided?" That stopped me. And the thought has haunted me for weeks. What if, in my quest for more and better, I've overlooked what I already have? It's caused me to take stock of my time, talents and resources. It's even changed the way I pray and how I look at pretty much everything. Discontentment runs rampant in our culture, and today I want to offer you three choices you can make in your life that can lead you to genuine, biblical, lasting contentment. 1. Seek contentment as a lifestyle. Choose it. Acknowledge that you would not be happier if you had more. You wouldn't be — you'd likely be more miserable. God's word contains clear warnings for us: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:25). 2. Learn to say, "I have enough." Let those words reign in your home. Push back from the table and say, "I've had enough." When money comes your way — a surprise bonus from work, an inheritance from your great-uncle, even finding $50 in your coat pocket — resist the cravings for more. 3. Settle it. Here's a challenge: Choose a lifestyle; don't let your income dictate your lifestyle. Choose a comfortable level of living that meets your needs, and don't compro- mise that with more spending when more income arrives. If you don't choose a lifestyle, this culture will choose one for you, and by default it will be the lifestyle of living beyond your means. Be counter-cultural. Be radical. Be others-oriented. Let enough be enough. Learn from the examples of those around you (both the contented and the covet- ous). You'll save yourself some heart- ache and know the joy of a truly con- tented attitude. More does not equal happier. I promise. And remember this from Philippians 4:19: "My God will supply every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." There is truly more to having your needs met than having stuff go your way. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash DAN DEBRULER, General Manager, WCLN. Comments? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. 910-484-6200. OPINION Our Day Begins When Your Shift Ends! MON - SAT: 0700 - 0200 | Sunday: 1000 - 0200 NOW SERVING A FULL MENU 3004 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville 910.758.9898

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