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"We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!”

1 John 1:3-4 MSG

The Value of Community

Ecclesiastes literally means, “preacher,” “teacher,” or “gatherer.” I especially like the term, “gatherer.” It’s like the teacher is on a quest, searching for clues or proof that there is meaning to life. He is gathering bits and pieces of evidence, trying to find a reason for living! And he often comes up empty. The gatherer begins his book with the words, “Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2) He finds futility in wisdom, pleasure, work, political power and wealth. He addresses the injustices, ironies and uncertainties of life… and the reality of death. In the end, he concludes that the only meaning for life is to fear God and obey His commands. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) God is the cen

Joy Embraces Sorrow

During a Defiant Joy Bible Study, we were talking about Joy and Sorrow. As soon as I saw the title of this chapter, it reminded me of a book I’ve read a couple of times called, “Hinds Feet on High Places,” by Hannah Hurnard. It’s an allegory, or a story that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning or moral. I love allegories! Pilgrim’s Progress is another great one. But, in Hinds Feet on High Places, “Much Afraid” is the main character. That’s her name, “Much Afraid.” She meets the Great Shepherd, and chooses to follow him to get away from her home in the Valley of Humiliation and her relatives, the Fearings. She must go through many trials and tribulations in order to reach the High P

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