Blessed in What He Does

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Blessed-in-What-He-Does.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: James 1:21-25   I.         Sin is the breaking of law – I John 3:4             A.        Sin is universally found in mankind – Romans 5:12             B.        Thus, we cannot be surprised that rebellion (going against authority) is also widespread             C.        Obedience then is submitting to authority. It is subjecting your will to the will…

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How can trials be counted as joy?

Question: I struggle with the idea of being joyful during trials. I know James said, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4),…

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Smile a While

by Jefferson David Tant Among the many things Jamaica is known for are the many little song ditties. In working there for over 30 years, my wife and I have come to learn and enjoy them. One that we enjoy and that is often sung after the closing prayer of a church service is “Smile…

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Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand

by Jefferson David Tant In many of our songbooks, there is a song by the title of this article, and the words were written by Jennie Wilson. The song’s first stanza says, Time is filled with swift transition Naught of earth unmoved can stand Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God’s unchanging hand.…

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The Joy of Obedience

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/JoyOfObedience.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.         I Peter 1:3-9             A.        Despite the persecutions Christians faced in the first century, there was joy.             B.        A great joy, an inexpressible joy knowing that their souls were saved. II.        Some are puzzled by this             A.        How can people be happy while being concerned with keeping a bunch of commandments?             B.        If you have to…

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Is entertainment the devil’s substitute for joy?

Question: I recently listened to a sermon where the preacher said, if I remember correctly, “Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. The more joy you have in the Lord the less entertainment you need.” Is that so? Before becoming a Christian, I had these habits of reading and consuming culture for selfish reasons, now…

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How to be Happy

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/HowToBeHappy.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Philippians 4:1-7   I.         Are you happy? Truly happy?             A.        For many people the answer is “I would be happy, if …”                         1.         If something changed, then I could be happy.                         2.         Sometimes the change is something simple. “Once I lose another ten pounds, I’ll be happy.”                         3.         But too often the demand is…

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What can I do to find joy in Christ?

Question: Hi, I’m a young, desperate man (I am 15 years old). In my country most people are Catholic. I hold Protestant views and even though my father visits the Catholic service, I go to the Protestant service on Sunday. Since I have been saved last fall, there is a lot of struggle going on…

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Stillness and Joy

by Gary Henry “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). Nowadays, one reason we know so little about joy is that we know so little about stillness. In this age of the world, most of us are busy with a myriad of priorities and projects. And we pride ourselves in it. The…

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The Best Day of the Year

by Forrest D. Moyer July 1986 “Write on your hearts that every day is the best day of the year.” [Ralph Waldo Emerson] There is such a fault among us — especially in myself. We tend to think that somewhere in this year there is going to be a very special day or maybe a…

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