What Has Happened to All Your Joy?

FINDING JOY AGAIN….SOURCES OF REAL JOY The Lord Jesus said to his disciples,  “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”  (John 15:11)  What things had he been speaking about?  Why, just abiding in Christ and keeping his commandments.  His joy — the very joy… Read More ›

The Fading Cross

Galatians 5:1-2 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.” Now this doesn’t mean that a person who happens to be literally circumcised, that he can’t be… Read More ›

SHEER JOY (Part 6 of 8)

In once knew a lady who moved out of the city of New York into a beautiful rural setting.  But soon she was not happy.  She longed again for the city.  She regretted she had ever sold her home there amidst the subways and the blowing paper and the noise.  There are those who have… Read More ›

Hope and Forever (Part 4 of 8)

I Peter 1:3-9: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by… Read More ›

Joy In Suffering (Part 3 of 8)

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… Read More ›

JOY IN HARVEST (Part 2 of 8)

Those who sow with tears     will reap with songs of joy.  Those who go out weeping,     carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy,     carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:5-6 Words cannot stretch enough to describe the joy God has for his children.  It is a “joy unspeakable” (I Peter 1:8) — an inexpressible… Read More ›

The Joy of Jesus (Part 1 of 8)

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  John 15:11 The Bible is a book of gladness.  Rejoicing, shouts of joy, sound throughout its pages.  At times you can hear gladsome praise with the cadence of marching feet as the people move through… Read More ›

What Is Your Aim in Life?

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?  Begin by noticing… Read More ›

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

  (“Means of Grace” or avenues God uses to work grace into our hearts) “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 2:1 “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 3:18 “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those… Read More ›