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The Fullness of Joy Is in Jesus

The Fullness of Joy Is in Jesus

Isn’t it interesting that sometimes a Bible passage sticks to you and keeps speaking to you? This happened to me with the story of the wedding in Cana. I blogged about the beginning of it last week but the story didn’t let go of me. So here I am blogging again about the same Bible story but from a totally different angle. So today I am writing about the fullness of joy which we find in Jesus. It is the…

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Welcome Jesus with Excitement and Joy

Welcome Jesus with Excitement and Joy

Today I fell in love with Zacchaeus. Of course, I’ve read/heard the story of Zacchaeus many times and always appreciated it. But today I want to live like Zacchaeus. I want to seek Jesus passionately and welcome Jesus with excitement and joy, just like Zaccheus. Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a…

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How to Be Always Hopeful

How to Be Always Hopeful

Sometimes I am accused of being too joyful and hope-filled. But come on! Is there such a thing as being too hopeful? Not in my book because my hope is in Christ and there is not such a thing as having too much Christ. You see, my joy or hope is not based on circumstances, wishful thinking, or denial of pain. My hope is based on God and his Word telling me God will have the last word and not…

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Peace and Joy Are Byproducts of Obedience and Faithfulness

Peace and Joy Are Byproducts of Obedience and Faithfulness

It seems everyone is seeking peace and joy for themselves. And they are good things. But they are byproducts of obedience and faithfulness and not something we can reach on our own. How then can we go about them then? Simply put, when we seek Christ and keep him in our lives center, we are blessed with peace and joy. Paul Tripp has said, “Putting yourself in the center and making life all about you never leads to peace and…

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Faith Gives You Strength, Peace, and Joy

Faith Gives You Strength, Peace, and Joy

When you walk with Jesus, you can’t hide your inner joy even though the world around you might not recognize the source of your strength, peace, and joy. If people are happy with superficial living, and just splashing on the surface, they will never find the treasures of deep grace diving. That’s a shame, don’t you think? Mainly because they can never find the pearl of deep-sea, Jesus. If you keep my commands, you will live in my love, just…

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Rest Is Holy

Rest Is Holy

July is here and it is time to rest. Sometimes it is hard to let go or we might even feel guilty about vacationing. But guess what? Rest is holy. How do I know this? Actually, rest is the first thing in the Bible that God makes holy. See for yourself! By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and…

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Live Like You Believe

Live Like You Believe

Today I want to remind ourselves of the resurrection reality in the everyday life of Christians. Too often we live like nothing would have changed, like the resurrection of Jesus would not have happened. But it certainly did (even though it does sound crazy, doesn’t it?) and you should live like you believe. And that’s what you want, right? So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not…

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How to Find Direction

How to Find Direction

At the beginning of a new year, we’re all looking for direction. What should I do with my life? What paths should I take this year? Finding the right direction is especially hard if we feel we are living in a perpetual fog. What to do then? How to find direction when you’re lost? Let’s find out. As Christians, we know who is our guide: Jesus. Hence we need to turn to him for guidance. Believingly. We need to believe…

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God’s Willingness to Help

God’s Willingness to Help

Once again I am taken by a short verse in the Bible. It amazes me how the Word of God can feed us precisely what we need most. And it’s most certainly a verse that I’ve read many times yet it still clears my head and helps me to breathe more deeply. It reminds me of God’s willingness to help me. And when I remember that I am ready to tackle anything life throws at me. When I am afraid,    I…

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Deeper into Hope and Joy

Deeper into Hope and Joy

How was your Easter weekend? Does the resurrection of Jesus have any effect on you today? I hope so. Because it changed everything. The new normal invites us deeper into hope and joy. How do you respond? That is the question, my friend. Day in, day out. Resurrection joy and power are real and at our service as God’s children. Nothing is the same anymore. Does it matter to us that Jesus is alive and well? Do we let God…

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