The Apostle Paul told the church at Rome “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3-4). One of the greatest things about Christianity is that it teaches there can be meaning in the midst of suffering. One of the things clearly taught in … More From “Why” to “How”
In the New Testament book of James there is a passage that might seem a little masochistic at first glance. James 1:2-3 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” This passage is not telling us to enjoy … More Choose joy!
At 7:35 p.m. on March 20, 1985, I became a father for the first time. As I stood beside my wife in the delivery room of a mission hospital in the DR Congo, four people were in the room: me, my wife Julie, the doctor, and the midwife—and then suddenly there were five. Sarah Ann … More A Miraculous Gift!
The writer of the book of Proverbs uses a strong, passionate word to describe his wish for a husband’s love for his wife, “may you ever be captivated by her love” (Proverbs 5:19). The word captivated in this passage can also be translated “intoxicated.” I would say that both of these words are great descriptions … More Treasure and Heart
Proverbs 5:18 says, “May you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” The author of Proverbs challenges a husband to rejoice in his wife just as he did on his wedding day, no matter how long they have been married. The strong principle of marital celebration arises from this passage of Scripture. God wants … More I celebrate you!
One of the biggest problems we have in our culture is our extreme future orientation. We simply don’t have time to enjoy today, because we are always thinking about tomorrow. One indication of our extreme future orientation is how much money we spend on insurance of every kind. There is wisdom in being insured for … More The “good ‘ole days”
The Bible is full of joy and celebration. The Old Testament contains lots and lots of parties—just think of all the feasts the Lord wanted Israel to enjoy. If you have ever been to a Jewish celebration, you’ve experienced celebratory singing, dancing, and shouting. The New Testament shows Jesus performing his first miracle at a … More Pride and Joy
I admit to being overly serious much of the time. I spend a lot of time thinking about serious things, such as reaching the unreached with the gospel and fighting injustice in the world. But I am trying to learn not to take myself so seriously. There are serious things in the world, but I … More Choose Joy!
Celebration is a major theme in the Bible. Yet I have heard a preacher describe sour-faced Christians who look as if they have been “baptized in vinegar and weaned on a pickle.” Life can be serious—and we need to be serious about serious things—but life can also be very funny. We need to learn to … More What’s so funny?