November 25th, 2019
Even in the midst of heartbreak, suffering, and grief, believers find joy in the Lord Jesus. How on earth is this possible? Because through Jesus we have come into God’s story of restoration and hope for his world – including us!
Luke 12:22-26 NLT, Philippians 4:4-9 NLT
November 18th, 2019
Happiness is circumstantial. When life is good and things are turning out well, we are happy. When things go ‘pear shaped’ or ‘belly up’, we are “not happy Jan!” Joy is the fruit of knowing God’s love for us in Jesus. Nothing that you and I experience can change God’s heart towards us, or cancel out his promises to us in Jesus!
Grace is the key to joy. The two words go together and have the same root in Greek (grace = charis; joy = chara). Our joy comes from the fact that God has made us right with himself through the work of Jesus Christ, which is given to us as a free gift (grace).
Philippians 3:1 – 4:1 New Living Translation
November 12th, 2019
How do we find joy while experiencing loneliness? How do we connect with people when we are not near them? How does God call us to retain our spiritual partnerships in increasingly busy lives?
November 4th, 2019
In the book of Philippians, this word, ‘joy,’ is used sixteen times. How did Paul make it through with his joy intact? How do we experience joy while living in difficulties of our own?