Our hearts have been created and designed with affections for God. The things of the world seek to distract us from this truth, which is why when our eyes are off Christ, joy seems elusive. A great promise of the cross is that when all seems lost, joy comes looking for you.
Life can take its toll on us until it feels dull and empty. Yet the Bible tells us that joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This means that Biblical joy is not a soulless feeling – it’s an increasing passion God places within His people. Joy is alive and ready to grow in you.
One of the great joys of summer is being with people. Well, God has given us the greatest group of people to be with – the Church. One of the often overlooked joys of the Church is that, together, we are part of something bigger than ourselves. We become an active part of God’s vision for the world. This weekend we discover The Joy Of Us.
Families move for better weather, more money, or just out of boredom. Yet Jesus taught the seed that is planted in the good soil takes root and thrives. Planting our families into a good church is the first step. Keeping them there is how we grow the deep roots that survive life’s harshest attacks. Deeply rooted families are legacy families.