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Getting, Keeping, and Enlarging It - by Michael Phillips
Joy - Part 4
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Philippians 4:4
Aug 13, 2017 pm - Today brings us to part four in our afternoon study of the Bible doctrine of Joy. I call it the Bible doctrine, because there are many other 'doctrines' of Joy, but, like money, only one of them is the real thing. All other Joys are counterfeits-some better than others-but only the Bible's currency is 'cashable'. I do not believe in the Inspiration or Inerrancy of our hymnal, but hymn 345 seems awfully close!- Fading is the worldling's pleasure, all his boasted pomp and show, Solid joys and lasting treasure, none but Zion's children know. Countless things-from high literature to crass advertising-promise Joy, but only God makes good on the Promise. As incredible as it sounds-in this world and at the worst of times-the Christian ought-and with good reason-can- Rejoice in the Lord always. BRIEF REVIEW Last time, we had a look at the Enemies List, the human and superhuman powers that hate Joy and want nothing more than to stamp it out. I mentioned nine of them, though many others could be added: The Big Three are: The Devil, the World, and the Flesh. They are set against everything godly-including Joy! (Perhaps even starting with Joy!). Because all three are subtle, it is not always ... More >>>

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