Because in everything: 2 Corinthians 7.16

“I rejoice because in everything I am fully confident in you.”

2 Corinthians 7.16

As problems were being resolved in Corinth, Paul expressed strong confidence in the saints to set things in order. This was a cause of great joy to him.

Expectations often determine or influence outcome. Is my confidence, first of all, in the power of God to work in my life and in the life of others, even when problems arise?

#votd #2-Corinthians #joy

Experience joy: John 17.13

“But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience my joy completed in themselves.”

John 17.13

Jesus prayed to his Father before his betrayal. He looked forward to returning to the Father. He also desired to fulfill his mission of revealing the Father’s will to mankind. He knew it was the source of true joy.

Do I desire, like Jesus, to go to the Father? Do I desire to hear Jesus’ words? Do I desire the full joy that lasts? Do I know how to receive it?

#votd #John #prayer #joy

He Holds the Key

This little item popped out during my journaling time today. You might find a tune for it.

In Christ is all my satisfaction,
To joy he holds the key;
He knows my heart’s true direction,
He knows and cares for me.

#poetry #joy #Christ

A continual feast: Proverbs 15.15

“All the days of the afflicted are bad,
but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”

Proverbs 15.15

The afflicted are those whose hearts are heavy because they let circumstances weigh them down. The cheerful heart is one who decides, in every case, to be joyful.

Our attitude affects our enjoyment of life. The decision to develop a positive disposition makes all the difference.

#votd #joy #Proverbs

The joy of the Lord is your strength: Nehemiah 8.10

“Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Nehemiah 8.10c NLT

The people of Israel cried while the words of the law were being read, v. 9. Their sins had caused the destruction of the land. But now they were being restored and it was a time for joy.

The joy the Lord gives and the joy he has in his obedient people makes them strong. Joy comes from the Holy Spirit, 1 Thes 1.6. His power turns sadness into rejoicing.

#votd #joy #strength

Too occupied with my own thoughts

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2 NIV)

со всяким смиренномудрием и кротостью и долготерпением, снисходя друг ко другу любовью, (К Ефесянам 4:2 Russian)

O LORD God, thank you dear Father – for always remaining faithful to your people who often act in unfaithful and ungrateful ways. Forgive my sins of omission when I have clearly recognized a person in need of hearing about forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ your Son; but I was too occupied with my own thoughts or on some urgent errand, that I didn’t stop and humbly, gently, lovingly, kindly and patiently share my faith with them. Bless my friends here and in other nations with the joy of salvation until that day when we together meet Christ our Lord at his glorious appearing. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key, FL 32625

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #sin-of-omission #joy

The shortest verse in the Greek New Testament

As I was going through some notes of mine from college, here’s what I took away from Dr. Dowell Flatt’s comments on 1 Thes 5.16: “Always rejoice”, about why we should rejoice:

  1. It’s God-given.
  2. It’s possible.
  3. It’s practical.
  4. It’s evangelistic.
  5. It’s commanded.

I also noted two references that he gave: Lk 6.22-23 and Jas 1.2-3.

#greek-text, #joy, #rejoicing

July 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Fulfill Ye My Joy! (John W. Moore)
  • The Example of Jesus (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Example of Paul (Carl McCann)
  • The Example of Timothy (Ross Hafner)
  • The Example of Epaphroditus (Troy Spradlin)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #epaphroditus, #jesus, #joy, #philippians-2, #the-apostle-paul, #timothy

Love rejoices: 1 Corinthians 13.6 VOTD

“Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.”

1 Corinthians 13.6 CSB

Paul’s chapter on love centers the discussion of the need for each member of the body (chapter 12) and the use of gifts for edification (chapter 14).

How does rejoicing in the truth manifest itself?

#love #truth #joy #VOTD

Happy: Psalm 34.5 VOTD

“Those who look to him for help are happy; their faces are not ashamed.”

Psalm 34.5

God responds to pleas for help and leaves those who look to him in a state of blessedness, as David found before Abimelech.

Life’s upsets need not sour the Christian’s disposition, for God is his constant.

#VOTD #God #joy

May 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Noble Character of Philippians)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Philippians: An Introduction (Bill Burk)
  • The Progress of the Gospel (Cody Westbrook)
  • Joy in Philippians (Bruce Ligon)
  • Unity in Philippians (Todd Clippard)
  • Peace in Philippians (Kevin Cauley)
  • Spiritual Maturity in Philippians (Trent Kennedy)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#character, #christian-peace, #christian-unity, #christian-worker, #joy, #pauls-epistles, #philippians, #spiritual-maturity

VOTD: Nehemiah 8.12 “Enjoy tremendous joy”

“So all the people departed to eat and drink and to share their food with others and to enjoy tremendous joy, for they had gained insight in the matters that had been made known to them.”

Nehemiah 8.12

Returning to Israel, the people heard the word of God and celebrated the feast.

How does understanding God’s will contribute to our joy?

#insight, #joy, #understanding, #votd

I prayed for ‘joy in time’

That’s the phrase I used, as I asked the Lord “for joy in time.” I think I know what I meant. (If not, you might recommend a good head doctor for me.)

How might this phrase be read, and what might we ask the Lord for, by the use of this phrase?

Your ideas are most welcome.

#joy, #time

Hugh's News & Views (Living Joyfully . . .)

LIVING JOYFULLY BY DAY, SLEEPING PEACEFULLY AT NIGHT

It is wonderful to wake up in the morning from a peaceful night’s sleep and face the new day with joy and anticipation. I must confess that I have not always been as successful in doing either of these to the degree that I should have, but as I have gotten older I have grown in my appreciation of the fact that this is the way the Lord wants it to be, and I am thankful that I have grown in the ability to achieve that purpose. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #joy, #life, #sleep

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3-11-2015 We Are Not In Despair

“But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19 NKJV). By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers!  But if we listen to God: Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#depression, #despair, #headlines, #hope, #joy, #tv