Christian Growth, Devotionals


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It had a catchy tune; I sang along with the lyrics.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

I mean who wants to be sad?


Remember how Spock irritated his friends?

He was so logical.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV).”

Spock leaned and relied on his understanding, his logic.

The truth is that I can receive a blessing (not happiness). It comes through mourning.

That may not be logical. It is factual.

“Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4 NKJV).”

Joy comes in the morning; that is true.

“For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5 NKJV).”

But, through mourning I draw nearer to God.

“Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up (James 4:10 NKJV).”



Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals

Benefits of Bible Study



I believe I benefit from the Bible, every book of the Bible, chapter and verse. Repetition is a great teacher and I have recently learned a new appreciation of the Book of Job.                                                                                       SEPTEMBER 2014 002

First, I share the first two words that come to mind when considering Job.

• Suffering
• Patience

Before I reveal a third I want to tell how I discovered it. Each year, I try to take a fresh approach to my Bible study, using different translations, read-the-Bible through plans etc. This year, for my very first time I am using the Nave’s Topical Bible; in my journal, I enter scriptures by themes. As examples: grace, mercy, peace and joy.

• Joy

I have just begun joy scriptures. To my amazement, I have found scripture references from Job!

• Job 8:21
• Job 22:21
• Job 22:26
• Job 33:26 “He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, he shall see his face with joy, for he restores to man His righteousness (NKJ).”

Christian Growth, Devotionals



Christmas joy is not on sale. SEPTEMBER 2014 002

We will not find it at the mall, super stores, or favorite .com sites.

I surmise it would be a best seller the first season that manufacturers released it to distributors. Even our traditional Christmas greeting of ‘Merry Christmas’ carries a wish for joy

In Santa hype, advertisers depict him as merry, jovial, and jolly. Joy, deep joy is a gift from the Lord. In this season of gift giving, Jesus hopes we will receive the year-round gift of unequivocal joy.

“I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete (John 15:11 HCS).”

Our joy feeds on faith in our Savior and His promises. The angels delivered news of great joy!

“Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people; today a Savior who is Messiah the Lord was born for you in the city of David (Luke 2:10b-11 HCS).”

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Holly Jolly Christmas

Pam Ford Davis

“Have a Holy Jolly Christmas!” When we remember to keep the day holy and worship the newborn King, he fills us with joy. When we leave Christ out of Christmas…   all that remains is “mass” confusion! Fall before the feet of Holy God, come in the flesh. Emanuel will reveal his glory and fill our hearts with contentment.

Why do I wear gloom and doom on my face? Jesus came to give full and meaningful life; he delights in giving his gift of joy. “I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have. I want your joy to be the fullest joy (John 15:11 NCV).”

 We can experience joy unspeakable, because we receive hope. “He is our great hope, and he will come with glory (Titus 2:13b NCV).”  If Santa of “The Night before Christmas” is jolly and laughs coming down the chimney, we can be jolly looking up to our Redeemer and King!