January 2021

This page is all about the Joy of knowing Jesus. Please check out this video below for an old familiar hymn, peaceful and joyful.

5 Steps for a Joyful Life

  1. Spend Time with the Lord More Regularly. As you spend more time with the Lord your perspective will change. The Holy Spirit will start giving you solutions to the problems you’re facing — and all of a sudden, what seemed like a mountain moments ago has become nothing more than a building block in your walk with the Lord.
  2. Remember Who is Lord Over Your Life. Don’t let your circumstances determine who you are or how you live. The sovereign God sitting on the throne happens to be your Dad. He is well able to carry you through the hard times, or He may decide to give you the strength to walk through the situation guided by His word. It is my responsibility as a father to protect my daughters. God has promised to do the same with you.
  3. Read your Bible. A single psalm can correct your perspective. A single proverb can give you more wisdom than you learn elsewhere in a week. “Your word is a lamp for feet and a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105). “It is written: ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). Don’t worry if you don’t remember every scripture you read. But just as you eat food every day, decide to read a portion of the Bible every day. You may not remember what you ate last Tuesday, but it did provide the body with the nutrients it needed. The same way you may not remember what you read last week, but it built up your spiritual being. Little by little, consistency in the Word of God will lead to a joyful life!
  4. Listen to Worship Music. We all look forward to spending eternity in Heaven. All of us have an idea of what Heaven looks like, but one thing is for sure, there will be worship in Heaven! Listening to worship music helps me to focus my eyes on the Lord, even if I’m busy with something. There is something about worship music that allows peace and joy to rise up inside of me. Give it a try. Put on some nice, quiet worship tracks as you go through the day. I’m sure it will have an impact.
  5. Watch Out for Negative Thoughts. Negative thoughts can kill your joy in an instant. Don’t allow negative thoughts to drag you down. I know it is easier said than done, but I know that the Holy Spirit can help you watch out for negative thoughts and take corrective measures. As soon as you notice them, make the decision to change your thoughts. Proclaim scripture, think of the good in the other person, remember that God is in control. Whatever the situation may be, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to overcome it and be joyful again. Before He was taken to Heaven, Jesus promised His disciples that he would send a helper that would never leave us. He kept His promise. The Holy Spirit will give you joy in every situation — if you want it.

— taken from Godtv.com/5-practical-steps-to-lead-a-joyful-life

A Message from Billy Graham

There is no one who doesn’t know who Billy Graham was. I came across this video and wanted to share it. It may well be the message that everyone in America needs to hear today.

Everyday Joy

Where do you see joy in your everyday life? There are things all around us, given by God, to make us joyful. Here are some of them:

What are some things that are joyful in your life? How many can you name?

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Try out this recording by Jessica Shelton – Beautiful Song!

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The Gift of Joy

May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. –Psalm 126:5-6, NRSV

In God, nothing is wasted, nothing remains unused, and even the weeping bear seed for sowing. And their harvest shall be joy.

For this exceptionally difficult time in our world, be it viruses or every other type of unrest, it is so wonderful to be reminded that we will, indeed, come home and that our joy will be such that we will be shouting with it! That’s some impressive joy, stronger than anything that has come before, strong enough to see us home, to be our home.

The joy that is found in God through Christ is not dependent on circumstance, health, politics, or tradition. It is a response to the deep, abiding love that God has for us. As we work in our various ways, making room for God to be born anew in us and in the congregation, let us welcome everyone home with joy and help our congregation express their gratefulness for God’s inestimable gift in Jesus Christ.

Jesus, joy of our desiring, please reawaken in us our awareness of you and the gift that you are to us. Please remind us of the joy that is ours just by virtue of being your children. Amen

January Musings

Many of us have recently lost loved ones, due to the terrible virus that is afflicting the entire world, or due to other sicknesses or just because it was their time to go. Some have even, in their grief over their loved one’s suffering, have told them, “It’s OK go let go” because they know that there is a better life waiting for them. It’s OK to grieve for our loss, too, remembering that our loss is Heaven’s gain for those who have found joy in Jesus. Our life here is fleeting in comparison to the eternal life there. We need to remember to show our love every day to every one of God’s children that we meet, in some small way perhaps in most cases. We never know what another person is going through, what battle scars they have, or what wounds are still healing. We never know how or when a kind word or helpful action will brighten someone’s day.

When we think of February, some of us think of the winter months with the ice and snow on the bare trees or even the beauty that can be found in a heavy, silent snowfall in the middle of the night. Sometimes we think “it won’t be long ’til spring, now” and we start thinking about the garden we’ll grow or the crocuses and daffodils that will start to peep up out of the ground. Spring means new beginnings, where we can see the blessings of God all around us, inspirational and joyful!

And then there is Valentine’s Day when we are accustomed to showing our love for those closest to us. It’s a great and wonderful tradition and a fine opportunity to let people know that we love and care for them. Don’t let the season pass without bringing some joy into their day with a card or a phone call or a bouquet of flowers. There was an elderly lady who said, when she received flowers on Valentine’s Day, “Thank you, they’re beautiful! I’m glad you don’t wait ’til my funeral to send flowers.” Don’t wait.

REZ21

Resurrection 2021 was a virtual live-streamed event this year, due to restrictions during the COVID outbreak. Fairview’s youth gathered at the church to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIWtjBhYnv0.

I would highly recommend anyone who did not attend, no matter if you are 16 or 60, to watch the entire two hours of the recorded sessions on YouTube. It is genuinely joyful and inspirational worship. Also browse through Resurrection’s home page, https://resurrectionyouth.com/#intro-wrap for information on the speaker, Mark Oestreicher, and the band, Roger Williams and the All Mixed-up Quartet.

Comments from Facebook:
  • * That was a great message that I really needed to hear tonight because I have many struggles this past year.
  • * needed rez21 this year! so good.
  • * Amen! Thank you God.
  • * We are together with the holy spirit.
  • * I am not ready for Resurrection Conference to be over yet because I have had so much fun.
  • * Praise Jesus, thank you Abba Father God.
  • * All of us opening our hands at the same time, we are together.