Ephesians - Joy - Rich Braaksma

December 18, 2016

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWe continue in Advent; remembering our longing and need for the one who comes to bring peace, hope, light, and joy.

The difference between shallow happiness and a deep sustaining joy is sorrow. Happiness lives where sorrow is not. When sorrow arrives, happiness dies. It can't stand pain. Joy, on the other hand, rises from sorrow and therefore can withstand all grief. Joy, by the grace of God, is the transfiguration of suffering into endurance, and of endurance into character, and of character into hope--and the hope that has become our joy does not (as happiness must for those who depend upon it) disappoint us.
Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony.
CS Lewis

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Mother Teresa

All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still 'about to be'.
― C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Joy is not pleasure, a mere sensation, but a pervasive and constant sense of well being. It claims our entire body and soul, both the physical and the non-physical side of the human self. Hope in the goodness of God is joy's indispensable support.
Dallas Willard

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

What Child is This?

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Joy to the World

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings

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