We are Filled with Joy

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:2–3, NIV84) I was a missionary for years before starting New Life Church. […]

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

You’re straining under burdens too heavy to bear on paths too dark to see with no reasonable hope that your circumstances will improve. And that’s precisely why you need joy: because it is unrelated to your circumstances.

I Believe in the Goodness of God

“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.“ (Luke 2:10, NIV) Sunday I shared that I believe in Christmas because I believe in the love of God.  Another reason I believe: I believe in the goodness of God. […]

Bringing in the Sheaves

“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.“ (Psalm 126:5-6, NIV) Psalm 126 is one of fifteen songs sung by Jewish Pilgrims as they traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate holy days. We call […]

Joy in the Holy Spirit

I’m sure you’ve heard of the KISS principle, right? Keep it simple, stupid. Things aren’t always as complex as they seem. Sometimes the answers really are easy. Sometimes you don’t need a five point game plan, you just need to pray. Sometimes you don’t need to go for more counseling, you just need to read […]