God's love must be our model for our personal life, our church life and our relationships. It must flow into us from Christ and flow out from us to those around us. Joy recognizes that Christ will lift us up, it sees the hope to come and takes delight even in harsh times. God’s joy (and the joyous knowledge of His love) must carry us through all of our experiences.
The Fruit of the Spirit
Scripture tells us that the “Fruit of the Spirit” is an essential part of our Christian growth and that it has the following attributes: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In this post, Richard shares with us what the Fruit of the Spirit is and how to see it in our daily lives as we walk with Christ.
Hosanna and Reflection on Ash Wednesday (Lent Series Week 1)
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Reading this today, on Ash Wednesday, seems a bit ironic at first. On Ash Wednesday, much of Christendom is focused on confession, repentance and sorrow over sin. However, in this reflection for the beginning of Lent, Chris shares with us the powerful intersection of joy and humility, reflection and hosanna.
Contentment in Godliness
God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearance, possessions or abilities, but joy and contentment can still be difficult, as Anne shares in this post. Do you know how to smile through hardships and the unfairness of life? Through reading God's word, we can be encouraged, like in 1 Timothy 6:6-11, to pursue God and be content.
Grief, Joy and Faith in God (Take Five)
This week’s Take Five shares stories of the ups and downs of life - when we grieve, when we laugh, and when we choose faith over fear. Our hope is that wherever you are, this compilation leads you to joy and to Jesus, who alone can ease our burdens and understand the complexity of our lives, no matter what circumstance we are in.
5 Steps to Bloom Where You Are Planted
Podcast: Ginger Ciminello offers five steps grounded in Scripture to help us grow and flourish no matter the circumstances.