Tag Archives: joy

Shadows at Christmas?

I was thinking last week about the dark things that we sometimes miss seeing when we talk about the first Christmas.  We overlook that Joseph was about to abandon Mary.  We tend to not talk about the babies that were … Continue reading

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The Foundation of Generosity

I am a pastor. This means that I am responsible for shepherding God’s people. It means that I encourage and walk alongside God’s people in all areas of life. I help them with their family life. I help them when … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Protection

  When I think of my mistakes I have a recurring question: How can I make it right? In my quest to right the wrongs of my own making, I have discovered there is a difference between acknowledging wrongs and … Continue reading

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He is Worth It

There are a couple of ways to measure what we value. The first way to measure what we value is what we are willing to pay or sacrifice to get it. The other way is how does what we value … Continue reading

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When God is Important to Us, We Find Joy

What moves you? What makes your heart beat with passion or your eyes light up? It’s worth it, isn’t it? It’s worth the effort. It’s worth the struggle. It’s joy! Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure … Continue reading

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Faith – In Disappointment (part 3)

Consider the alternative When we feel disappointment sometimes we give ourselves permission to be angry for a while.  There is nothing wrong with acknowledging how someone has hurt us.  In fact, it is healthy to be honest about our feelings.  … Continue reading

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For the Person Who Has It All

1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Most Stern Warnings

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes … Continue reading

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Trust is about Truth

Have you said in your heart or heard a friend say, “I just don’t feel that God is very close to me.” I want to think today about that word ‘feel’… Continue reading

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Rejoicing in the time you are in

Consider these thoughts from Susan Alexander Yates. “Toddlers make mothers feel they have lost control of their families. They give orders like generals! They are unpredictable, and they constantly interrupt plans. The do-er mom who awakes in the morning with … Continue reading

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