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Week 11: Do I Know Joy In Christ?

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by DeAnn McCue, Director of Children’s Ministry

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11

Jesus tells us in John 15:11 that we are not to have just any joy, we are to have His joy. What is the joy of Jesus?

It is abounding joy. He says, “…that your joy might be full.” Joy in Christ is not half-hearted joy, but joy that is abounding and supernatural.

It is abiding joy. Jesus says, “…that My joy might remain in you….” It’s not joy that comes and goes. It is joy in the good times, the bad times, the nighttime, the daytime, the rainy day, and sunny day. We’re to rejoice in the Lord always. And Jesus didn’t say these words lightly. He was facing a dark time when He instructed us to have His joy.

The joy of Jesus is given when you depend upon the Lord. John 15:5b says, “…without Me you can do nothing.”

There is a joy in seeking Christ. Jesus is the source of joy.

And though you have not seen him, you love him, and though you do not see him now, but believe in him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9

O Lord, fill me with joy today—the joy of knowing my sins are forgiven, the joy of knowing I have been credited with the righteousness of Christ, the joy of knowing all this is mine through the gift of faith and not by works. Amen.

When the woes of life o’er-take me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy.
Never shall the cross forsake me;
Lo, it glows with peace and joy.
In The Cross of Christ I Glory, #427 LSB

O sacred Head, now wounded
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, #449 LSB

 

Unfounded Fears and Hopes

As we look around our world today, it is hard not to join in the cycle of fear and hope. We fear what may happen to our country as wars seem to more and more cover the world, and as violence spreads in our own land. We find ourselves joining the rest of our culture in hoping for a person or a plan guaranteed to fix the world, become its restoring glue, give the world peace and restore our hope that all will be better.

It is normal for Christians living in a very secular, God is far away, society to find themselves joining in this fear and hope cycle. When we do, we are literally running in circles, missing the reality that God is shouting as we run past Him, as the following demonstrates.

In his book, Deliver Us from Evil, Ravi Zacharias quotes author and speaker Malcolm Muggeridge concerning the fears and hopes of the world that often intrude on the Christian heart and mind:

“…such hopes and fears are equally beside the point. As Christians we know that in this world we have no continuing city, that crowns roll in the dust and that every earthly kingdom must sometime flounder. We acknowledge a King men did not crown and cannot dethrone, and we are citizens of a city of God they did not build and cannot destroy. …[We] seek the reality of what is not seen and eternal, the reality of Christ.”   (From “Deliver Us from Evil” as quoted from “The End of Christendom” by Malcolm Muggeridge, 1980)

Sue Wilson

Christmas Eve: Holiday or Holy Day?

If we focus just on the happy holidays and not realize that it is a holy day we have set ourselves up for some grave disappointments. The success or failure of your celebration depends greatly on things that are out of your control. Did you get the right gift? Don’t know until they open it. Will you get what you really wanted? Won’t know until you open it. Will the relative behave? Will the food turn out? Will I be alone again? And the list of ‘what if’s’ can go on and on. If it is just a holiday then there are so many intangibles that are unpredictable.

Yet, when you focus on Christmas being a “holy day” then you can guarantee that it will be a merry Christmas. When you look at the celebration of the birth of Christ, that God is with us…then there is no other response than to be Merry.

Why do we allow ourselves to get caught up in all the things that suck our time and energy away? What can you do to focus on the coming Holy Day to guarantee that it will be a Merry Christmas?

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Holiday Burden or Christmas Peace?

Pastor Ron will be delivering the message this weekend. From the video you can see that he will address the Holiday greeting. Have we been too quick to villianize the Happy Holiday greeting because people feel that we are skipping out on Christ and Christmas? If we were to look at the etymology of the word holiday we will see that it comes from the use of holy day. Throughout Scripture we see God telling his people how to celebrate on special feast or Holy Days. Could we try to understand holidays differently? This year we can have a happy and joyous “Holy Day.”   

But before we get to the conclusion we will talk about Burden and Peace this weekend. The pressure is starting to mount already. The calendar is full, the presents are not bought – and you don’t even have a list! Now you will have to travel to family since they decided they are too busy to come to you. The holiday is turning horrible, a horrible burden and you have started to talk about how glad you will be when it is over. I recently read a story that mentioned more and more cases of people getting sick after the holidays because they are so stressed out and burdened, that the whole body just shuts down and stops fighting. Does this sound like an enjoyable Holiday season to you? It doesn’t to me!  

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” In the birth of Christ we have found that peace was brought to earth. A whole body, whole life kind of peace.  Have you abandoned peace for even more burdens in your life? Let the peace of God that transcends all understanding, dwell in your hearts and minds this Christmas season.

If you have any questions or comments leave them below or on our Facebook page. Thanks!

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