Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God, As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and responsible followers of Jesus Christ, I recently conversed with a friend with the flu. There is nothing like the flu, but in the summer season, that's unheard of. The flu is a virus … Continue reading Called to Be Carriers of Joy!
Luke 1:46-55, Common English Bible Where does joy come from and how can you reclaim it? Joy is the essence of being in the presence of God. So when are we not in the presence of God? We are always in the presence of God therefore we should always be joyful, right? King David writes … Continue reading Reclaiming God’s Joy!
Isaiah 55:6-13, New Revised Standard Version Everyone carries something with them every day. Often it is doubt coupled with fear. However God has planted, as part of our DNA, a joyful spirit. We are to walk with God in a spirit of joy. God’s people, the Israelites, are struggling with exile and God invites Isaiah … Continue reading Carriers of Joy!
James 1:2-4, Common English Bible James is not suggesting that trials are joyful in themselves but are a means to an end which is joyful. In other words, joy in trials comes from knowing that the outcome will be good. It's as if while in the trial, we have a future focused mindset, because we … Continue reading “Formative Joy!”
1 Peter 1:3-9, Common English Bible Life is about following the path that God has designed for us. Following this path leads to a life of JOY that is often inexpressible! Joy is the evidence of the Holy Spirit being is us. Joy is a promise from God about the gift of the Holy Spirit. … Continue reading Sermon Notes: “Inexpressible Joy!”