"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."

Psalm 150:6

“Inexpressible Joy!”

“Though you may not have seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of our souls.” 1 Peter 1:8

As we pass through the Thanksgiving holiday and enter into the season of Advent, I can’t help but feel inexpressible joy.  Chris Tom sings of “Unspeakable Joy” in his version of “Joy to the World.”  I hope to sing it together during the Advent Season.

I believe this inexpressible (unspeakable) joy is something only understood by believers in Jesus Christ.  When Peter wrote these words in his letter, the world was not in a better place than it is today.  It was not a world without sickness, pain, suffering and sin.  It was a world much like the world is today.  And yet, Peter was able to write about inexpressible and glorious joy.

What are the things that allow you to experience this joy?  If we lose our perspective, and are not careful, they might be hard to find.

As we get closer and closer to the announcement of the birth of Jesus, my prayer is that you are able to feel the love of Jesus Christ, and because of that love, you experience inexpressible joy.

Throughout Scripture, we are told to praise the Lord.  Joy and praise should go hand in hand.  Psalm 150 says, “Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.”  (vs 5-6)  This year, we will decorate our church Christmas tree with bells as a reminder to praise the Lord!

As we are reminded to praise the Lord throughout this Advent Season, we will focus on five gifts we receive through Jesus Christ that we can pass on to others.  These gifts are inexpressible joy, unconditional love, real forgiveness, unexplainable peace, and hope in a world that seems lost.

On December 9th, the 2nd Sunday in Advent, we will celebrate the Ordinances of Feet Washing and the Lord’s Supper during the 10:15 worship service.  These are wonderful reminders of the love that the father lavishes over us.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are invited to participate.

On Christmas Eve, we receive the gift of hope.  Come worship with us at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Pastor Stef

 

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