Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Repentance

  • Repentance: JC Ryle +

    Repentance is a thorough change of person's natural heart, upon the subject of sin. We are all born in sin. Read More
  • God's Pleas for Repentance: Scriptures on repentance +

    Repentance is an essential part of the Christian walk, and is a daily activity to maintain our relationship with God. Read More
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The Emotions of Jesus3. The Joy of Hope.

The third and completing element in the joy of Jesus was that of Hope. As to Jesus God was that present reality which embraces and transcends all else, and the will of God the Infinite Good, so the one glorious vision the future held for Him was the Kingdom of God. Already He beheld Satan hurled from his throne. God would arise ; righteousness,  peace, and joy would triumph. He foresaw all difficulties, discounted all disappointments ; but, despite all obstacles, God's fatherly rule would find its way into men's hearts. Not even in the darkest hour of His and the world's history, when injustice, hypocrisy, and hate were at the height of their power, did He doubt that " clouds would break," or fear that though " right were worsted, wrong would triumph." He Himself was the seed of the Kingdom, that must fall into the ground and die. His life was the price of victory, the ransom for many. For this joy set before Him, He endured the Cross.

And this joy of hope should fill our lives too. We cannot hope too greatly if our hope is based upon God, upon God's character and purpose. Nothing can be too good to be true ; the only possibility is that what we think good, and very good, may not be good enough for God. We cannot take too bright a view of the future, our own future, our country's future, the Church's and the world's future, if in the centre of that view we set Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, and enthroned.  

Such was the joy of our Master. It may be ours in ever-growing measure ; and it will, if we have but the courage to venture our selves upon His God and our God, to sur render ourselves loyally to live for God's ends, and still to trust in Him when we can not see, and hope in Him when all seems doubtful. Lift up your hearts. Go into the New Year 1 without fear. Go not seeking joy, but with a fresh resolve to live for the highest ; and the joy of Jesus will be more and more fulfilled in you. For joy is given never to them that seek joy, but always to them that seek first the Kingdom of God.

1 This discourse was delivered on the first Sunday of the year.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

  • Worry

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • The Beauty of God

    Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God Isaiah 65. 17-25; Revelation 21.9-27 a sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, October 22 2006 Read More
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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Healing Words From A Dialogue With God by Sylvia Gunter +

    ... Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to Read More
  • Fast Of Words - A Different Kind Of Fast by Sylvia Gunter +

    Isaiah 58:10b-12 Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. Read More
  • The power of words +

    Our words have the power to bless or curse, to influence for good or for bad. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Spiritual disciplines for dark days by Christopher Ash (excerpt) +

    Christopher Ash discusses five important disciplines to deal with troubling times: lament, thank, rejoice, intercede and obey. Read More
  • The fantasy ideology of the American insurrectionists by Joe Carter (excerpt) +

    Joe Carter describes the underlying fallacy behind the actions on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C., and encourages pastors to Read More
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