Joy

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The Joy Of Abiding In Christ’s Love

What is “fullness of joy”? In what sense is our joy full? What does fullness mean? How can we experience “fullness of joy”? In the concluding verses of the great parable of the Vine and the branches Jesus said: “9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. … Continue reading

Christ Has Come That Those Without Sight May See

In John 9:39 Jesus said: “It is for judgement that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight turn blind”. Didn’t Christ come to save us from our sins (cf. Matt 1:21; John 3:16)? Why then did he say that he has come to judge us? … Continue reading

Seeing Through The Veil

According to Matthew, the only one of the four Canonical gospels to mention the Magi, they came “from the east” to worship the “king of the Jews” (Matt 2:1-2). The Magi are popularly referred to as wise men and kings. The word magi is the plural of Latin magus, borrowed from Greek μάγος magos, as … Continue reading

Tender Mercy From On High

What does Zachariah’s joyful song (Luke 1:67-79) say about the incarnation of Christ? How can we experience the tender mercy of God? Why did Zachariah call Christ the rising Sun? How does Christ guide our feet into the way of peace? Observe how Zachariah, in his joyful song, extolled the remission of sins, as one … Continue reading

The Kingdom of God Is Given To Those Who Are Fruitful

What is the Kingdom of God? Is it a country? Is it a chosen people? Is it the Church? Can the Kingdom of God be taken away and given to other people? Are there any rites or rituals that can be performed or professions made to ensure that the Kingdom of God does not go … Continue reading

Seek First The Kingdom Of God

There are many worldviews (e.g. materialism, relativism, objectivism, secularism, social Darwinism, etc.) out there that are contrary to the Christian worldview. They might disagree on the importance of material possessions, the validity of LGBT marriages, and the right to have abortions, but I certainly hope none would favour chaos over orderliness. When we see an … Continue reading

Mary’s Joyful Song Of Praise

What can we learn from Mary’s Song? How can we sing like her? Shall Mary sing alone? Mary was on a visit when she expressed her joy in the language of this noble song. It were well if all our social communion were as useful to our hearts as this visit was to Mary. “Iron … Continue reading

A Kingdom Like No Other

Every kingdom is renowned for some distinctive feature. Rome was conspicuous for its warlike propensities. The Grecian States were celebrated for their love of the fine arts. France is eminent for its taste. The American States are famous for their enterprise. But the distinguishing mark of the kingdom of God is “righteousness, and peace, and … Continue reading

Contentment Bears The Hues of Joy

It is common knowledge that contentment is another name for happiness. There is a Chinese saying: 知足常乐 (zhi zu chang le) which literally means a content person is always happy. However, there are so many things in this world that can make us discontent with our lives. How can we be content with our lives? … Continue reading

Christian Freedom

For Christians, Christ our saviour has come to set us free but what does that mean (cf. John 8:36; Gal 5:1)? Jesus read the following passage from the Book of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me … Continue reading

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