Category Archives: Joy

Remedy for a heavy heart

A heavy heart finds comfort and relief when we turn to the worship of praise. We have a great example of this from the disciple whom Jesus loved. Continue reading

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Discouragement – a “dis” on courage

We cannot adequately encourage those who have lost perspective without discouraging them from a frame of mind that binds them to their discouragement. (Read it again).

Getting out of the fog of despondency often requires a little loving admonishment. Caring friends will cross this line with love and sensitivity when they sense we need a better perspective. Continue reading

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The glory of ordinary lives

What would life look like if we had renewed zeal to “… be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Continue reading

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Playing the divine lottery?

As a young boy, I struggled with why God allowed these things to happen to my mom and dad. As the oldest son, I was more aware of the difficulties but did not have the maturity to handle it. Throughout those years, I often prayed for God to intervene with a “BIG” solutions. Continue reading

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Deep thoughts on Spiritual maturity

We have joy in what we possess but we wait and groan for its completion. We taste and are satisfied as we go on to hunger for what awaits us. Continue reading

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The daily posture of repentance

Repentance is the way we make progress in the Christian life. Continue reading

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Silence and solitude needed

The practices of silence, solitude and secrecy are indispensable parts of spiritual transformation. But quietness seems to be an endangered quality. In a media saturated culture (dominated by technology), these disciplines seem to be increasingly at risk. Continue reading

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Eternal joy!

No earthly experience can substitute for the confidence that you are known and loved by God. Notice how Jesus redirects His enthusiastic disciples to a security and peace that cannot be taken away – a permanent basis for rejoicing. I needed to be reminded of this. Continue reading

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Are you feeling down?

I know what it feels like to battle discouragement. This is why I believe that encouraging discouraged people requires more than superficial hype. Continue reading

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Living on Mission

Eight Identity Markers and Callings of Christ Followers “Missions is an authorized activity carried out by the tenants on the instructions of the owner of the property” (by Christopher Wright,). Salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13) Light of the world (Matthew … Continue reading

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