Finding Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord at all times; again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) Here we have one of the most quoted verses from this letter. And there is no surprise as to why this is such a beloved statement. Yet how often we find ourselves deserting these words and pursuing our own sources of joy.… Read More

Food for the Soul and Guidance for Your Life

“Having said this, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write this to you is not something from which I shrink, on the other hand, for you it is firm ground.” (Philippians 3:1) This verse is a little bit idiomatic, but should not be too hard to sort through. It begins with the… Read More

Fulfill my Joy

“If therefore there is consolation in Christ, if there is encouragement of love, if there is fellowship of the Spirit, if there is affection and compassion, then fulfill my joy in order that you might be disposed to these things: having this love, being united, and being of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2) Indeed, if there… Read More

The Laughter of the Saints

“And Sarah said, ‘Laughter, God brings to me; all the ones who hear will laugh with me.’” (Genesis 21:6)   The emphasis that is placed here is on the laughter. Usually, this word refers to the way we might mock someone by laughing and jeering at him, but in this context a very different sentiment… Read More

Jesus Paid it All–All to Him I Owe…

“And you, being dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with him, forgiving us all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13)   “And yet God demonstrates his own agape love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 )   We who have nothing… Read More

Restore the Joy of Your Salvation: Psalm 51 (part 13)

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and with an honorable Spirit you shall uphold me.” (Psalm 51:14 {Psalm 51:12 in English Bibles})   So often when we read this verse, or hear this verse cited by people in the wider church community, it is cited in a way that is almost totally centered… Read More

Let Me Hear Jubilation and Joy: Psalm 51 (part 9)

“Let me hear jubilation and joy, Let the bones that you have crushed rejoice!” (Psalm 51:10 {Psalm 51:8 in English Bibles})   Just as forgiveness can only come from the Lord, so too does restoration.  True joy cannot be had apart from God, because true joy is something that can only be experienced in relationship… Read More