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12/28/17

Joy Is A Gift

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
1 Peter 1.3

As we have journeyed through the Advent 2017 series on Joy, I have been recaptured by God's mercy. On Christmas Eve morning, my heart rejoiced as we sang together “What a Beautiful Name.” These lines are some of my favorite words from 2017 songs:

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

(Words and Music by Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood, Hillsong)

As we sang together, my heart was bursting with delight as we sang back to God his greatness. My mind was flooded with the mercy of God, and how Jesus willingly faced into the sorrow I deserve. He did it so that I could experience the Joy that he deserves. Since that time, I have been returning again and again to the truth, that Jesus took the sorrow I deserve, so that I can experience the Joy he deserves. An amazing theme of the story of the Bible is that God is more committed to our joy than we are. The pain that God endures to give us joy is astounding. May we not trifle around with little joys, when God offers us an inexpressible joy, an eternal joy. May our joy increase as we announce back to God, how great and mighty he is. And may our joy deepen as we remember that Joy is a gift. It's all based in God's mercy to us.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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