Because God loves me …
God’s idea is that we should walk through life filled with joy. We shouldn’t walk around with long faces. That is not how God meant it to be. But we struggle. We struggle to find our joy in all the hardship. We struggle to make Paul’s command part of our lives: 16Be cheerful no matter […]
Where have our joy gone?
We are emotional beings. God made us that way. That is why we are so easily influenced emotionally by our circumstances. It is difficult for me to be joyful when someone close to me is in pain. I can’t laugh when I know my friend is hurting. I feel depressed when my cash flow looks […]
Is it possible to laugh in all circumstances?
When you make a choice for God, his Spirit moves in, bringing about a major change in your life of which joy probably is the most significant. That is what Paul said about the new Christians in Thessalonica: 6Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit! […]
Rocks, thunder clouds and joy
Philippians 4:1-9 My daughter read her composition to me. I was astounded by her wisdom and realized that she had already experienced the hard side of life too. Life out there is not easy: The longest journey that we as humans will have to face on earth is our life journey. Life is a journey […]
Philippians 4:1-9 There’s a hymn, Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, and the chorus goes like this: Rejoice! rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord and rejoice, Rejoice! rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord and rejoice. The Message translation of the Bible puts it like this: 4 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in […]
Laugh as you struggle
Philippians 3:1-3 1And that’s about it, friends. Be glad in God! A friend complained to me about things going wrong: 20% of his labour force simply not pitching up for work; an expensive machine that worked for 15 minutes before a pump broke down; three clients phoning up very upset about having to wait for […]
Where to find real joy
Philippians 2:12-17 When and why do you find real joy? Often in my life I find my joy going up and down. If the holiday time is fast approaching, or even just the weekend, I feel good, but as soon as it starts coming to an end, I don’t feel that good anymore. As if […]
With Jesus on the cross
In order to understand this part we have to keep in mind that the Jews of old did not believe that all people were sinners. They believed that only those people who did live strictly according to the law were sinners. Paul wanted to explain to them that no one is acquitted on the basis […]
For many people the gospel is simply too simple. They want to know what the catch is. Many of us get calls from people promising you the moon and stars, just to be told at the end of the conversation that you first need to pay a lot of money. It sounds so good, but […]
Who is stealing from you?
Everywhere I go it feels as if someone is taking something that doesn’t belong to him. Once when I was still working at the factory, I got the impression that the small screws were being used up really quickly. After looking into it, I discovered that every day after a supervisor had pulled screws from […]