Joy

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Love Unites Us to Christ

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). So how does God’s love save the world? Does the love between men and God have to be mutual? Can God’s love work alone (i.e. unrequited)? … Continue reading

The True Character of Christianity

30 Jesus said, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God? With what parable shall we present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds sown upon the earth. 32 But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth … Continue reading

The Spirit of Spring

Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. It is said: “Spring breathes new life into the world around us.” In a similar fashion, the Psalmist proclaims: “You send your Spirit and they are created and you renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30). … Continue reading

Praying for Our Loved Ones

How do we normally pray for our loved ones? What do we pray for on their behalf? What can we learn from Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, the ones whom he loved? Here is an extract of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples from the Gospel of John: “11 Holy Father, protect them by Your name, … Continue reading

King David’s Secret of Peace and Joy

Psalm 4 is the 4th psalm from the Book of Psalms. Its authorship is traditionally assigned to king David. The psalm’s text is a reflection of David speaking to all sinners while addressing himself to Absalom. The message in the psalm is that the victories of sinners are only temporary and meaningless, and that only … Continue reading

The Feast of Life

The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: ”7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but … Continue reading

The Guiding Star of Christ

See, dear friends, the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ even in his state of humiliation! He is born of lowly parents, laid in a manger, and wrapped in swaddling bands; but, lo! the principalities and powers in the heavenly places are in commotion. First, one angel descends to proclaim the advent of the new-born … Continue reading

Lord, Make Us Turn To You

“Turn us again, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved” (Psalm 80:3). Why did the psalmist ask God to “turn us again” or “restore us”? What does “cause your face to shine” mean to us? What has it got to do with our salvation? Three times is this prayer … Continue reading

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

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