Joy

In the Face of Faith

At the beginning of his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote, “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy” (2 Tim. 1:4 ESV). We’re not told what caused Timothy’s tears. Was he sorrowful about being parted from his friend and mentor Paul? Was he …

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2 Corinthians 7:13-16 // Finding Joy in Ministering to Others

Up to this point in our study of 2 Corinthians, you might think that mature Christians (especially those serving in ministry) are just beaten up and depressed. But that’s not actually true. The apostle Paul, although he experienced a lot of hardship, was quite joyful. He found joy in his ministry. As a Christian, there’s …

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1 John 1:1-4 – Finding True Joy and Fellowship This Christmas

Because the Christmas story is real and true, our joy and fellowship can be real and abundant this time of year. Let’s think about Christmas honestly for a second. It’s surrounded by layers of tradition, memories and warm feelings from our childhood – but let’s look through all that to the core facts: A baby …

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Using Gratitude to Fight Pornography

“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” – Ephesians 5:3-4 In this chapter of Heath Lambert’s Finally Free, we see …

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Joy in Abiding

Written by Dawn Rutan The third week of Advent is typically associated with the theme of joy. Of the four themes, love, joy, and peace are all listed in the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22, and Romans 15:13 ties together hope, joy, and peace: “May the God of hope fill you will all …

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Enduring with Joy

Written by Dawn Rutan I’ve been reading Be Still My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose & Provision in Suffering, edited by Nancy Guthrie, which is a collection of 25 readings by various authors. The following are several quotes that I’ve noted and clung to in recent weeks. “God permits what he hates to accomplish what he …

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