What makes for a happy party are the people who are present. In the three Jewish feasts celebrated each year by all Israel in Jerusalem, what brought joy to the travelers was God’s presence. Continue reading
Despair is perhaps the worst of emotions, for it immobilizes and keeps one from advancing in life. The worst of despair is that which feels sadness for sin, for nothing can be done to remove sin or cancel its effects.
This is why the Psalmist’s phrase is encouraging: Continue reading
Separated from his readers by distance, John sees a threat to their faith and to the joy they have in Christ. He decides to write to them, in order to warn them about the danger of another Jesus and help them continue firm in the truth.
Thus we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
1 John 1:4 NET Continue reading