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Read, enjoy, and digest the beauty of Tullian Tchividjian’s words: “Because of Christ’s finished work, Christians already have assurance. The threat of failure, judgment, and condemnation has been removed. We’re in—forever! Nothing we do will make our grade better, and nothing we do will make our grade worse. In his life, by his death, and […]

Transformation, not substitution.

I was grabbed by the John 16 v 23-30 reading from last weekends lectionary. I love the plain speaking of Jesus about His Father. It’s so helpful here to see how our Heavenly Father answers joyfully……and how He provides lovingly. I spoke about how God brings joy to our lives, not by substitution, but by transformation. […]

deep joy

Discouragement and even despair, can be the soil in which joy grows and multiplies. If we survive our desperate days (and surviving is always what we should choose to do), we can find ourselves afterward having a more responsive heart. Suffering can teach us how to rejoice in a way that is more genuine and true. […]

your capacity for joy

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple”, so says Psalm 27 v 4. Our hearts are divinely fashioned to receive the […]

less is more

Matthew 16 v 25 tells us, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” When we seek our ultimate meaning and fulfilment in God, the result is not less enjoyment of this life but more! It’s ironic but true: we get the most […]

joy…

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11 Great joy? Is it almost too much to hope […]

I’m unfinished…

Paul Tripp is a pastor-mentor. I’ve never met the man: but through his writing and video’s like this! waoooooh…….how good, and how true……and what a moustache and frames too!! He’s not just talking about problems for pastors, though he is talking much more. We drive leaders into hiding. We engage with scripture without it’s full effect on […]

the joyful gain of giving!

“The generous soul will be made rich, & he who waters will also be watered himself” Proverbs 11:25 If joy is what we desire….(a mini-obsession of mine at the moment!), we often defeat ourselves by going after it in the wrong way! We could wrongly make it a self-centered pursuit about what we want to get, and lose sight of the […]

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