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J Is for Joy

By on Apr 12, 2017 in Noah's Archives | 0 comments

And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52     Joy is a fruit of the Spirit so it’s natural that joy would accompany the presence of the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit living within us, our lives should be characterized by joy. Is that true for you? Do you feel joy on a regular basis? Again, most of us would have to answer, “No.” Take a moment to invite God to do the spiritual work necessary in your heart so you can experience His joy as a perpetual state of being. You already know from God’s Word that God wants to give you joy so you can be certain He will respond. It may take a growth process before you get there, but keep seeking God. He is the ultimate joy-giver.       Get This Series as a Free PDF   Transformed by God: An A to Z Guide to Experiencing Change from the Inside Out I know it’s not always easy to get back to see each part of a...

Introducing Weekend Worship at Crazy Grace Chapel

By on Jan 1, 2017 in Noah's Archives | 0 comments

Welcome to Weekend Worship at Crazy Grace Chapel. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and it finally seems like the right time. Every weekend I’ll post a worship song, a scripture, and maybe something that strikes my fancy. So let’s begin with my absolute favorite video because of the high energy worship and utter joy of the singers.       “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” (Psalm 30:11-12)....

God’s Promise of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

By on Nov 23, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Living, God and Christ | 0 comments

God’s Promise of Happiness, by Randy Alcorn, is based on the author’s larger work, Happiness. Still, this little book provides some thought-provoking content revealing our common misconceptions about happiness, holiness, and God. In an easy to follow question and answer format, this booklet tackles some intriguing questions. Do happiness and joy mean the same thing? Is God happy or stern? Do happiness and blessing mean the same thing? (I’m not sure I agree with him on this one.) Plus, the book is loaded with Scripture to correspond to each answer. It was a delightful read that made me think. Grab a copy while it’s free (at the time of posting, anyway). Book Quotes “There are more than 2,700 passages in the Bible containing words such as joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, pleasure, cheer, laughter, delight, jubilation, feasting, exultation, and celebration.” “Until the twentieth...

Joy of Zacchaeus Award

By on Nov 10, 2016 in Noah's Archives | 1 comment

Introducing the 2016 Biblical Character Awards The Biblical Character Awards are my way of featuring a handful of readers and recognizing them for their contribution to my life and ministry.   “They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well” (1 Corinthians 16:18).   Meet Margaret For a long time, I only knew her as @BigBlueMug on Twitter. She is, in fact, one of my earliest Twitter contacts from way back when I was first learning to tweet. She carefully guards her online privacy so I’ll just call her Margaret. I love Margaret’s playful spirit. She conjures up stories about the monster in the old laundry chute and her imaginary friend named “Gertrude” who lives in the cellar. I often miss the playful banter we used to enjoy in the “glory days” of Twitter. I remember one time, in particular, where I...

Michael Card (@Michael_Card) Shares Three Eternal Truths That Bring Joy

By on Apr 3, 2015 in Crazy Grace Blog | 2 comments

Joy can seem so elusive, especially in the midst of pain and suffering. Where does joy come from? What must we do to experience it? And how can we experience joy in the midst of life’s most difficult circumstances? We also live in a culture bent on retaliation. When someone hurts us, joy isn’t our natural response. But it is possible. With these things in mind, let’s absorb the insights of Michael Card on how Jesus experienced joy while enduring the cross.   Book Excerpt from A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross by Michael Card If spit was on His face and scorn was in His ears, what do you think was in Jesus’ heart? For a surprising clue to how Jesus responded, turn to a familiar verse in the book of Hebrews: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame. (Hebrews 12:2) Could the experts...