Tag Archives: Joy

Fire, Dross, Faith, and Joy

“Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.” Ezekiel 22:18 (NIV) In today’s chapter God uses the … Continue reading

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Receipts and Rejoicing

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, … Continue reading

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Simple Virtues; Simple Joys

You will eat the fruit of your labor; Psalm 128:1-2a (NIV) This morning as I went to the front door to gather the newspaper off the front porch, I was hit by a sudden wave of nostalgia. The simple joy of gathering … Continue reading

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“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of….” 2 Timothy 3:14a (NIV) I regularly refer to my life as a journey. If you don’t know it, the word “wayfarer” (the name of my … Continue reading

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Clear, Concise, and to the Point

Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT) I … Continue reading

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Confidence, Pride, & Encouragement

I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles. 2 Corinthians 7:4 (NLT) Late this summer Wendy and I were blessed to … Continue reading

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My Kids

  I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth. 3 John 1:4 (NLT) Twenty-five years ago I had just graduated from Judson College and was beginning two years of service as Youth … Continue reading

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