The Fine Art Of Tuning People Out

Jeff joy, Relationships, Spiritual Growth 0 Comments

A great danger for us is to spend time wondering what people think of us.  Let me declare how people think of us:  INACCURATELY. No matter whether they think more of us than they should or less of us than they should, they never hit the bulls-eye.  A very common affliction for many is the preoccupation with how other people …

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Your Need For A Holy Gasp

Jeff Bible, joy 0 Comments

There needs to be something that takes your breath away.  In each life there must remain something outside of you that, when experienced, so profoundly affects you that you notice a difference taking place.  Whatever this thing is, it’s your passion. Trusting that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, I hope you will understand that I’m not talking about …

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Joy Continues On (Final Thoughts on Joy)

Jeff joy, Uncategorized

Weary of your struggles or suffering?  You cannot wish it away or ignore it into oblivion.  When pain comes it can do a number on us in a short time.  When it remains, it can actually influence us so much that we change into a person different from who we were before the pain arrived.  When we respond properly to suffering …

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Pursuing Joy (part 3, a follow up concerning Suffering & Joy)

Jeff joy, Suffering

My previous post began to unpack what Paul was describing when he peculiarly proclaimed that “we rejoice in sufferings”.  Recognizing that I needed to take some care in how I deal with this subject, I left off that post from Tuesday, and am resuming it after much thought today.  All of you reading have undergone, are currently undergoing or will undergo …

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Joy In Suffering

Jeff joy

I want to continue my thoughts on the topic of Joy today.  Monday’s post focused on the anchor of our joy being embedded in the reality that all believers are secured by the glory of God which endures forever.  Today I am going to pick up where we left off and introduce Paul’s second mention of Joy in Romans chapter 5. …

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Pursuing Joy (Part 1)

Jeff joy

There may not be any characteristic of the Christian life that is more attractive than genuine joy.  The bible never asks the followers of Christ to paint on a false smile, give glib answers to tough questions, or to deny that life is fraught with difficulty.  Joy is not pretending.  Joy is overcoming and receiving. Joy is the hard to define …

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How Christmas Conquers Fear

Jeff Fear, joy, peace

If you read through the Christmas narratives in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, an interesting element seems to appear with a greater frequency than we might think.  It occurs to me that, when the announcement of the coming of the Messiah was spoken, it was repeatedly accompanied with one form or another of the message, “Don’t be afraid.”  The …

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Passing Through…With A Shout

Jeff joy

Don’t check your bank account this morning to determine if you are blessed.  Don’t step on the scale or look in the mirror to determine your outlook for the next 24 hours.  Refuse to allow your to-do list, your iCalendar, your housework or your lack of any of these things be the tuning forks for your attitude today.  With nationwide …

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Borrowed Words About JOY

Jeff joy, Sundays

From the Puritan prayer book, Valley of Vision:   O CHRIST, All thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight. Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice. For my joy thou hast sent the Comforter, multiplied thy promises, shown me my future happiness, given me a living fountain. Thou art preparing joy for me and …

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Joy In Suffering – Last Thoughts

Jeff joy, Suffering

Sick of struggle & suffering?  You cannot wish it away or ignore it into oblivion.  When pain comes it can do a number on us in a short time.  When it remains, it can actually influence us so much that we change into a person different from who we were before the pain arrived.  When we respond properly to suffering …

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Taught By An Ugly Building

Jeff joy

So what are you looking at when you squint at the little picture to the right?  You likely can’t see the details in that little snapshot so I’ve placed a bigger copy at the bottom of today’s post.  When I look at the this strange building what I’m actually looking at is a source of spiritual conviction for my heart. …

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My Ungoodness, God’s Impenetrable Grace

Jeff grace, Hope, joy

Sweet relief is ours this morning with a precious promise from on high. In a heated and hostile world, where does the Christian find hope for his or her continuance? How in the world will we ever experience the eventual outcome of victory and lasting rest? You might have been taught that this potential rests on your own ability to …

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The Verse Christians Really Don’t Believe

Jeff FAITH, Hope, joy

As I take a look around me, the world I live in, the head I think with, the heart I feel with, the church I pastor and the people in my life, it is becoming more and more clear to me what the problem is.  Yes, there is a problem.  There’s a whole slew of problems, actually.  I’ll just pick …

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You’re Not Imagining Things: Sorrow & Joy Together

Jeff Grief, joy, Spiritual Growth

“But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.” – Psalm 69:29   The Psalmist shares a secret that all believers know.  He presents a paradox that all who hunger and thirst after God are familiar with.  He inside-out’s us and we nod our heads in agreement with this truth that is difficult …

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That Friend With Whom You’ve Lost Touch

Jeff General, Humor, joy, Victory

What’s the current temperature in your pressure cooker?  It’s ironic that we who live in a world of advanced technology which is supposed to breed unprecedented convenience, instead find ourselves battling stress amidst others who have already lost that battle.  I have perceived that I have less energy but more demand than ever before.  Many of you have duties that …

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Kitchen Floors & Towering Mountains

Jeff Family, General, joy

So I’m waking up my son yesterday morning for school and finding it as it usually is: a challenging endeavor.  The little fellow loves him some sleepy-time and prefers half-day stints under his covers if permissible.  Yesterday, after a prolonged succession of grunts and moans he finally poked his face out from under his blanket and with a look of …

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Big-God Theology

Jeff FAITH, grace, Hope, joy, Salvation, sovereignty

Several weeks ago I was speaking on the phone with the man who led me to Christ in the early 1990’s.  Scott Johnson was preparing to lead some in his church on a missions trip to South America and had mentioned that he was praying about giving his wife his own ticket so that she could be a part of …

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Free To Be Passionate

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH, General, joy, Perserverance, Service, Spiritual Growth

Perhaps one of the most tragic things to occur in the life of a Christian would be for that individual to live a listless, unmotivated life.  I perceive that it is a common thing for those who have never bowed their hearts to Jesus Christ to passionately pursue what motivates them.  Non-Christians are often much more zealous about life than …

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A Soul-Overhaulin’

Jeff Forgiveness, Hope, joy, Salvation

“…to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” – Isaiah 61:3 {ESV} There’s not much that is worthy of our time and attention on the …

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