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Joy
November 19, 2017

The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

Joy is an emotion that everyone experiences to one degree or another. But as the fruit of the Spirit, Christian joy is much more than an experience that comes and go with the changes of our circumstances. In fact, Spirit-produced joy regularly comes even in times of sorrow, bringing us back into the joy of […]

August 7, 2016

Wonderful Worship

Wonderful Worship

As the Psalms of Ascents come to a close, we hear the call to worship and are given the basic elements of what worship is and how it is to be done. Far from being a boring ritual, the worship of God ought to be a joy-filled celebration of who God is and what he […]

May 15, 2016

Why We Worship

Why We Worship

God’s people are supposed to look forward to worshiping him together. Although God commands his people to worship him, he also gives them all the reason they need to worship him with joy. And when God’s people find delight in worshiping God, the world is drawn into this worship as well, so that everyone is […]

April 3, 2016

The Blessing of Believing

The Blessing of Believing

Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection in order to complete the creation of his new community. He then sent them out, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to bring others into the joy of believing in Jesus. Through the witness of the resurrection, Jesus shows up to convert even the hardest skeptics and to […]

February 7, 2016

Peace in a Troubled World

Peace in a Troubled World

Jesus’s final words to his disciples before his crucifixion were aimed at preserving their faith in the face of the coming crisis. If his disciples could comprehend where the cross was taking him, the moment of their greatest sorrow would lead them into a reality of far greater joy. Even if they stumble in their […]

January 17, 2016

Abide in Me and Bear Much Fruit

Abide in Me and Bear Much Fruit

The church is like a vineyard to which God tends and from which he expects fruit that glorifies him and that is noticed by the world. This vineyard will prosper because of God’s diligent care, and because of the life-giving vine that never fails to supply the nutrients needed for a bountiful harvest.

January 10, 2016

Helped by the Holy Spirit

Helped by the Holy Spirit

While Jesus was living on earth, he was the embodiment of Immanuel—God with us. But he told his disciples to rejoice that he was returning to the Father because he would give to his followers “another Helper” to be with them forever. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered toward loving obedience […]

May 17, 2015

Eternal Life in the Life of God

Eternal Life in the Life of God

John 3:16 must be the most familiar verse in the Bible. It describes God’s love for the world in providing eternal life through his Son. This eternal life is not simply unending life, but the very life of God himself. When we enter into this life, we begin to taste the goodness of God, and […]

May 3, 2015

Signs of Belief

Signs of Belief

The story of Jesus turning water into wine and the story of Jesus cleansing the temple with a whip do not seem to have much in common. But John appears to put them together on purpose, to teach us something important about Jesus’s “signs.” These signs are intended to produce faith, to lead us to […]