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Joy (Psalm 30)

This psalm was written by David, probably after his sin that took place in I Chronicles 21. And it talks about the joy of forgiveness and restoration. But I also see Jesus in this psalm. On the cross, the Father hid … Continue reading

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The joy of our salvation (1 Chronicles 16)

In this passage, we see David doing something very important in the psalm he wrote: he recalls the joy of his salvation. (You also might want to read Psalms 96, 105, and 106, where this psalm came from…or vice versa). … Continue reading

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Hebrews 3-4 — The need for faith

Many people want to know God’s blessings in life. Many people want to find true life and joy. But far too few are willing to put their trust in God in order to obtain these things. And that’s the problem that … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 5:16-28 — Because the Lord is coming (part 2)

As Paul concludes this letter, he gives the Thessalonians some final instructions on how to live in light of the Lord’s coming. He told them, Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for … Continue reading

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Philippians 1:1-11 — What God is doing in us

This letter that Paul wrote to the Philippians is one that is filled with joy, despite all the trials Paul was going through.  Paul was writing this in prison, probably from Rome, and yet time and again, you see the … Continue reading

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Galatians 4:14-16 — How to lose our joy (and blessing)

You can really see how perplexed Paul is with the Galatians in this passage (actually going all the way to verse 20). When he had first come to the Galatians, he had had some sort of physical problem, and yet, … Continue reading

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Acts 8:1-8 — Spreading the joy

Well, Christmas season is upon us.  It is officially December 1st here in Japan, and my 5 year old daughter and I put up our Christmas tree and all the Christmas decorations yesterday.  I’ve probably mentioned this before, but this … Continue reading

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Acts 3:11-16 — Not about us

As the man Peter and John had healed was making a ruckus in the temple courts, all the people gathered around, amazed first that this man who had been crippled for 40 years was walking, and then looking at Peter … Continue reading

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John 19:25-27 — Seeing beyond our misery

I suppose one of the biggest tests of how selfish we are is how we respond in times of misery.  When we are suffering, when we are going through trials, where is our focus?  Is it on us?  That would … Continue reading

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John 16:16-33 — Finding peace and joy

It’s very clear from this passage that all that Jesus was saying was weighing heavily on the disciples, mostly because they were so focused on the idea that Jesus was leaving.  As a result, it overshadowed everything else he was saying. … Continue reading

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John 11:17-44 — Uncovering our pain before Jesus

So often in our lives, we go through pain and hurt, but instead of dealing with it, we bury it.  We try to ignore the pain.  Or we cover it over with other things, busyness, food, pleasure, or whatever else we can … Continue reading

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Luke 13:33-35 — What God longs to do, what he won’t do, what he can’t do

This is one of the more poignant portions of scripture.  After dealing with the Pharisees, Jesus weeps, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children … Continue reading

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John 7:37-39 — The waters of salvation

Yes, we will eventually get past this chapter.  In fact, this will be our last look at it as we look at verses 37-39. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus probably watched as the priests took … Continue reading

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Luke 2:36-40 — A heart prepared for the King

Every Christmas, we sing a song that says, Joy to the World, The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room. And in this passage, we see a woman who did just that.  She … Continue reading

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Luke 2:8-14 — When Joy came

As I write this, it is Christmas Eve.  And as I reflect on that first Christmas night, it’s hard to truly fathom.  For it was on that day that joy truly did come to the world. When the angel appeared … Continue reading

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Proverbs 15:13, 15-17 — Is it worth the price?

Jesus once said of being a disciple, “You’ve got to count the cost.”  (Luke 14:28-33) But there are also other things for which we need to count the cost.  And we need to ask ourselves, “Is what I’m pursuing worth … Continue reading

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Psalm 126 — Set free!

I would guess that this was written after the Babylonian captivity, perhaps during the time of Ezra or Nehemiah, or perhaps sometime after as the Jews looked back on their return to Jerusalem.  And as you look at this psalm, … Continue reading

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Psalm 98 — Rejoicing in our salvation

This psalm is anonymous, so it could’ve been written in any number of contexts.  It could’ve been written following the Israelites deliverance from Egypt, or perhaps it was written by David after his reign was firmly established, or it could’ve … Continue reading

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Psalm 65 — The God who saves us and fills us

It’s hard to tell in what situation this psalm was written.  It’s possible it was written after a time of famine or drought as a result of God’s judgment, followed by a time of repentance and blessing. The psalmist starts … Continue reading

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Psalm 36:5-12 — The goodness of God

In the first half of this psalm, we saw the evil of mankind.  In the second half, we see the goodness of God. I love how David describes the character of God here. Your love, O LORD, reaches to the … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 8 – Joy

After the wall was built, the Jews came to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets as commanded by God in Leviticus 23. And on this day, Ezra the priest read the law of God to the people.  Several things strike me … Continue reading

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Ezra 3 — Joy and regret

In this passage, we see several things.  First, we see the restarting of sacrifices and offerings, and the first Feast of Tabernacles in years. But we also see the start of the rebuilding of the temple.  And after the Israelites … Continue reading

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Isaiah 12 — The joy of salvation

Last Sunday, I was listening to a message on John 3 at church.  And our pastor was talking about verse 16, probably one of the most famous, if not the most famous verse in the Bible.  And he asked a … Continue reading

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