We live in a quick-fix culture. Sine we can get some things quickly, we assume we should be able to get all things quickly — even when it comes to joy. But not so fast. Think diet not pill. This sermon is on John 16:4-25 and a joy which overcomes sorrow.
The advantage of Jesus’ departure, three ways the Spirit works, and sorrowful joy (Growing Deeper with John 16:4b-24)
How in the world can it be to the disciples “advantage” for Jesus to leave? But it is. Otherwise, he will not send the Holy Spirit to them. This episode looks is a Bible Study on John 16:4b-24 and looks at this question and also 3 ways the Spirit works in the world.
Trials, joy & perseverance – a talk with Dan Scott
When Dan Scott was a boy his home burned to the ground. The next morning his father read James 1:2-3 and led them in prayer. In this talk with the national Moderator of the PCC we talk about hardship and it’s relationship to joy and perseverance.
Honoured to be dishonoured [Sermon]
When you care more about what God thinks than what people think you have reached a tipping point called joy. This is what I explore in this sermon on Acts 5:17-42.
Bruises and badges of honour (Growing Deeper with Acts 5:17-42)
In this episode of The Pulse Podcast I give an in-depth look at Acts 5:17-42, a story about early persecution and how the apostles were honoured to be dishonoured. When you care more about what God thinks than what people think, you have reached a tipping point called joy.
Playing Hurt [Christmas Eve Sermon]
After a brutal 2020, many of us feel like we’re playing hurt; maybe not physically, but in other ways. This message offers perspective and hope as we lick our wounds and peer into an uncertain 2021.
Afraid Yet Filled With Joy [Sermon]
Wouldn’t it be great if joy could triumph over the fear within us? That’s what this Easter Sunday sermon explores with Matthew 28.
Proactive Partnership [Sermon]
This sermon is Part 1 of 4 in a series called ‘Mature: 4 things mature people do on the path of joy.’ It’s about the much-misunderstood but important role ‘fellowship’ plays.
Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year. Here’s why and what to do about it.
This short post offers 1 simple antidote to freezing temperatures, Christmas credit card bills, and complaining kids.
The lesson my kids have to keep teaching me
Because we can pronounce hyperbole and always find the Cheerios at the grocery store, we can easily think that the wisdom train only goes one way. But what if our kids were on a secret mission to teach us some things too?
What Makes People Happy?
What makes people happy? Presents? A thank you? A big bag of potato chips with zero calories? The answer will be different for different people. A
Beat Back the Blues of January with Joy (Here Comes “Blue Monday”)
A British psychologist says this coming Monday will be the saddest day of the year. I’ve heard it called “Blue Monday”–The third Monday in January.
Simplify Your Life
The opposite of simplicity isn’t complexity—it’s confusion. We can often fall into the trap of thinking our lives are complex. And they are, sort of.