Bearing Our Cross

Luke 9:23 is a well-known passage amongst us Christians, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Yet this passage is often misinterpreted. Most contend this passage is a generalisation about discipleship—that we have to be Christlike in all circumstances. Whilst I concede being Christlike is a […]

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Joy Results from Faith

Philippians 4:4, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say: Rejoice! I have heard pastors and priests proclaim this to crowds of unbelievers. What is wrong with them? Such terrible exegetes! Paul wrote this epistle to the church in Philippi. Churches are full of Christians, not the heathen! Therefore, joy in the Lord is only […]

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Joy & Peace in the Gospel

Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. The Lord’s definition of joy and peace differs from the world’s definition. For the world, joy and peace come through emotions and experiences. To them, peace […]

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Cornucopia of Grace

Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” I love food. Food is a motif throughout Scripture both for physical providence and for joy. God provided manna for the Israelites so they might live (Exodus 16) and the Scriptures speak on a joyful feast […]

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God’s Joy

Luke 15:10, “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Joy has many faces. The new parents celebrate the birth of their first child—indeed, their second and third. The joy on a lover’s face when a man asks her to marry him. The joy on a […]

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Joy of the Lord

Nehemiah 8:8-10, They read from the book, from the law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD […]

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Do It Afraid

Genesis 6:19; 7:17, 24, “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.” …The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the […]

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Our Inheritance

Mark 10:17-22, And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, […]

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Rooted in the Faith: Joy

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.” Misery is a dangerous condition for a Christian to be in. It is one of Satan’s greatest tactics to use against God’s people. When you become Christian, you catch Satan’s attention […]

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