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Bible Reading: James 1.2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1.2-4 Trials are a reality of life. We can't avoid them, but instead should expect various trials. James had in mind all sorts of trials...

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The Joyful Blessing of Suffering

But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 1 Peter 4.13-14 When we are persecuted for our faith we are facing the same kind of suffering that Jesus...

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Yes, Lord

I remember in my college days jumping at every opportunity to serve. As I was growing in the Lord serving became a joy of mine. The Lord taught me that my answer to whatever He wanted was always yes. In 1998, I was at a conference in Austin. For the first time I heard taught Isaiah 26.8, which says, Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we eagerly wait for You, for...

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The Glory of God and Joy

I have been joining a couple of men in our church in reading the book of John together. It has been a joy to read this gospel again. I have seen over the last week the inseparableness of the glory of God and joy, especially in chapters 12-17. First, the glory of God. In John 12.28 Jesus says, Father, glorify Your name. This was Jesus' desire and end in all things. It is t...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I pray your heart is filled with the joy of the Lord this Thanksgiving. I love thinking about the joy of the Lord. In fact, the bible is filled with verses talking about the joy of the Lord. Here are a few: For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor. In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king's commandment...

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Affection and Perspective

Affection and Perspective This morning in my readings I read through part of John Piper's small book, The Dangerous Duty of Delight. I am posed with the question to myself as a result, Do I feel the depth and intensity of affections that are appropriate for God and His cause? So often the Christian life is all about decisions and not necessarily our affections. Peter says...

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Our Response to Regeneration

Our Response to Regeneration Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, you are protected by the power of God t...

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Elders

The writer of Hebrews says, Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith (Hebrews 13.7). When considering men for the role of elder this verse is one that I hold dear to. I believe our elders are men that we as a church can look to as examples of godliness and faith. I especially believe that...

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