joy

The END of Controversy

As I sit in this coffee shop, slowly sipping on my hot chocolate, there is Christmas music playing in the background and the sun is setting behind the trees in the distance. This is the pinnacle of peace. If I could escape here forever, I just might consider it.

But the truth is that outside of these walls, peace is far from everyone’s mind. 

A Joy-Filled Life in Christ?

How have you experienced the joy of life with God?

It is true that we are citizens of our heavenly home, who are just passing through. The writer of Hebrews makes this clear in his rehearsal of the faith-filled pursuers of God in the Bible. He writes: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13).

While that is true, it is also true that God is the maker of joy, who longs to bring that into our lives. This came to home to me recently as I read Paul’s words to the church in Philippi: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

Helping Students Find Happiness

What is happiness? Before you read any further take a moment and try to define happiness. 

Tomorrow I am going skiing at one of my favorite resorts in Colorado. I love to ski, I love the feeling of powder running over my skis, hitting my ski pants, and even occasionally smacking me in the face.

When I am going down the side of a mountain on a powder day, I am happy. Right?

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