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My Exceeding Joy — Even in Darkness

According to 1 John 1:4, the very goal of the gospel of the covenant of grace is that we may experience the fullness of joy.  It is certainly our prayer as pastors that you yourselves live in the consciousness of the joy of your relationship with our covenant God in Jesus Christ. In the light […]

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Happiness

Happy is that man whose God is the Lord: The most perfect gift that life can afford. Without this great treasure, our lives would be bleak: No focus, no purpose, no value to seek. How rich is the life with God’s praise its goal; With songs in the heart and joy in the soul; The […]

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Pleasure?

Come with me, let’s drink and dance and play; Life is so short; take pleasure while you may. We pass this way but once, you know; Let’s live it up before we go.   Hey, what is that which I just said? “Before we go.” Go where? To realms of dead? I do not want […]

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Joy (3)

Jason thought it hadn’t been a very good day. First of all, he and his sister, Julie, had been mocked by other children at the park that morning. Next, they returned home to find there was nothing to eat for lunch except tuna sandwiches— Yuk. Then when he had planned on going to the library […]

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I Will Rejoice

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will […]

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Joy

“But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people could not discern the noise of the […]

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Happiness is……

That love, longsuffering, gentle­ness, meekness, and other of the fruit of the Spirit were manifest in all their perfection in the life of Christ goes almost without saying. But what about “joy”? One is inclined to wonder if we might perhaps be hard pressed to discover even a single occasion for joy in all the […]

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Developing Joy

Man was not originally made to mourn, but to rejoice. The Garden of Eden was man’s happy abode. As long as he was obedient to God, nothing in the Garden caused man sorrow. But Adam and the human race lost that joy when he fell into sin. Jesus Christ has come to bring restoration. Man […]

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Fullness of Joy

When you read the Word of God on a regular basis, you never know what you will notice about it. The Word always seems to speak to a very specific need that you have. Or it makes you notice certain things about your life that you may not have noticed before. Such was the case […]

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