Joy (May 30, 2011)

Deep down, I want to be a joyful Christian and I rarely am. In addition, if I was pressed to name 5 joyful Christians, I don’t know that I could do it. In my experience, which is limited, I understand, but in my experience growing up in the church and having been a pastor for a little while now, the people I have met whom I would characterize as the most angry, grumpy, complaining, irritable, dissatisfied, woe is me, whiny kind of people are Christians. If the Bible is true, and it is, this shouldn’t be. Don’t you want to be a happy person? I do. Most of the time, though, I’m not. The Bible tells us that being this kind of a person, a joyful, happy person isn’t something we can produce or fix on our own. Like the rest of the fruit of the Spirit, joy comes in and out of relationship to God. This week we are taking a break from the Psalms to talk about the message I shared this past Sunday in an effort to remind ourselves about joy in God as the glory of God. Buckle up.

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