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Joy of Answered Prayer (Part 5 of 8 on the subject of joy)

People notice joy.  It gets out.  But there is always more deep down there, hidden from the eye because it is not a surface expression.  John 16:24:  “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  The ministry of prayer brings holy joy to us — a joy that is very, very unique.  The joy of answered prayer.  This ministry of prayer brings joy because of two wonderful effects that answered prayer has on us when it is answered.  READ MORE…

Hope and Forever (Part 4 of 8 on the subject of joy)

Great joy belongs to the Christian.  Joy forever is to be ours.  This is to surpass in that future eternity even the happiness that Adam and Eve knew in the Garden of Eden  It is so sad that we have lost that, however, and that man has been driven out from the Lord’s presence.  Someone has described it in these picturesque words:

“Bitten by insects, harassed by plagues and moods, cornered by temptations, his gnawed conscience bringing memories hovering about — a constant record of his folly.  How he must have cried.  The first tears…theirs must have been the most regretful ever upon the earth, to shed the first tears of mankind….what a burden.”  Yet today good cheer is possible to us.  And, you know, joy has a powerful effect on people who are around.   Read More…

Joy in Suffering (Part 3 of 8 on the subject of joy)  

I’ve read of an ancient Persian custom where, when the armies came back in victory, they would pick a select slave and would elevate this man and make him king for three days.  For three days this man would walk around wearing royal robes, he would be honored, he would be feasted and after three days he would be slain.  They would sacrifice him as a sacrifice to the god of folly.  READ MORE…

Joy in Harvest (Part 2 of 8 on the subject of joy)

Words cannot stretch enough to describe the joy God has for his children.  It is a “joy unspeakable” (I Peter 1:8) — an inexpressible blessing beyond the reach of our vocabulary.  However, we do know it is never a mere satisfaction with the status quo.  It lives only in the presence of achievement.  Torments of depression crowd in where there is default and failure to obey, or to invest, or to produce.  Thrilling shouts of excited happiness poured from the hearts of God’s people in Nehemiah’s day.  They were dedicating their remarkable accomplishment to God.  Out of much agonizing toil the Jerusalem wall had been built.  Achievement and joy go together.  You can neither keep sunshine in a closed hand nor contentment in a disobedient heart.  READ MORE…

The Joy of Jesus (Part I of 8 on the subject of joy)

The Bible is a book of gladness.  Rejoicing, shouts of joy, sound throughout its pages. READ MORE…

Oblivions One Road Back

How would it be with you, if tomorrow morning at 4:30 a.m. you were awakened by a strong voice crying; “Repent! For the day of God’s Kingly rule has come!” right outside your bedroom window?

Well somewhat like that John the Baptist ministered in his day and God used him to stir up the pot of human history until it was quite a foam.  John was speaking to the hearts of the people in a distressing and disturbing way.  READ MORE…

Encouragement for God’s Weary Ones

Are you tired — really weary in life?  If so, I invite you to consider a certain reward which, though still unnoticed, may be waiting for you.  The book of I Peter is written to you who are almost overwhelmed.  READ MORE

“YOU”  —  TEXT:  II Corinthians 12:14 (in part)  –  “I seek not yours, but YOU.”

Let’s talk about YOU.   It is not what you HAVE that God wants.  HE WANTS YOU!  READ MORE…

What is Your Main Aim in Life?  –

to lift up yourself or lift up God? To get what you want or give God what he wants? Putting God first is not little matter. In the Bible God says, “They that honor me will I honor.”  How can we honor God today?  READ MORE…

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WHY THE BOOK?  — “SPIRITUAL LIFE STUDIES MANUAL” by Harold E. Burchett

Prospectus on why Harold felt led of the Lord to write SLS.  READ MORE

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