Monthly Archives: October 2009

Joy of Support

When we have difficult times isn’t it good to have someone to fall back upon?  The church is meant to be that kind of place.  We should have a small group that we can trust.  We should have a close … Continue reading

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Redemption of the Unworthy

I am born estranged from God.  I am a sinful enemy.  Matthew 7:11 even shows us that the general population is evil.  God looked on an evil transgressor and died for him.  In the last years we have become used … Continue reading

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Joyful Unity

Division among God’s people is rarely couched in joy.  My home church in England, Underwood, had a split when the younger members of the church split off and went to Chaddlewood.  The reasons for the split are not what I … Continue reading

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I have actually been more joyful since The Chapel started this series on joy.  It is not something that I focused on as much as love and peace.  It seems to revolve around where I focus my thoughts.  We were … Continue reading

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Unmixed Joy

I believe in a day when I will not grieve.  I believe in a day when I will not struggle to believe in a God I can not see.  I believe there will be a day when I am able … Continue reading

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Fruitful Branch

I have been involved in some discussion recently about the role of good works for Christians.  It seems that if a branch is truly grafted into the vine (Jesus) it will bear fruit.  We will love in supernatural ways.  That … Continue reading

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Relationship First

The disciples did great things, but Jesus did not rejoice because they managed to cast out evil spirits.  He rejoiced because of the disciples’ and His connection with heaven.  Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists, and Postmodernists often live productive lives.  I have met … Continue reading

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Little Bundle of Joy

We have a beautiful boy living with us. I delight in him daily.  Today, for the first time, we walked around the house with him just holding one hand.  I don’t know what he will become.  I don’t know who … Continue reading

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Scared of the Dark

Walking in darkness still scares me.  I remember walking at night under a full moon across Dartmoor.  It was with a group of scouts and I wanted to seem brave.  Somewhere near Giant’s Basin I fell in a leat (manmade … Continue reading

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Joyful Suffering

Joy and suffering – how do these two go together?  The suffering servant sacrificed himself and received the joy of seeing others saved.  It is one thing to endure a marathon for the joy of finishing like many in Chicago … Continue reading

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