Working On Your Joy?

“I will say it again: Rejoice!” - Philippians 4:4b I know Christians are supposed to be joyful people. And I realize that joy is a result of having the Spirit in me. . .that among all the people of the earth, Christians have the greatest reason to be full of joy. But, sometimes life steps in and robs me of the joy. I know I should feel it, but sometimes I just don’t. The question emerges: Is joy something I should just wait for? Will it just come upon me?I am not alone. There seems to be a great absence of joy in the lives of many Christians and congregations today. Of the several “fruit of t … [Read more...]

Your Story is Strong!

“All Jesus did that day was tell stories — a long storytelling afternoon.” -Matthew 13:34, The Message“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya AngelouEvery summer an avalanche of hardback and paperback novels flies off the shelves at bookstores across the country. Millions of buyers pick up a new piece of fiction in which to escape while relaxing on the beach or traveling on vacation. There is a reason for this — everyone loves a good story!Stories shape our lives, our world, even our souls. Stories capture our imaginations.The moment the preacher begi … [Read more...]


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