Joy

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

A biblical study on the basic aspects of one of the fruit of God's Spirit, joy.


Joy in Our Time?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the opening sentences of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled, focuses on the concept of joy—a quality William Barclay suggests is quite independent from worldly circumstances. This kind of joy is especially needful when we note Peck's observation …


Journey for Joy

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Only when we are united with God can we find true joy. If we consistently use His Spirit as a resource, we will have joy as we navigate through trials.


The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Joy is more than just happiness. There is a joy that God gives, through the action of His Spirit in us, that far exceeds mere human cheerfulness.


Joy in Our Time

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, continuing on the theme set last week that "we are living in the best of times and the worst of times," and that "life is difficult," affirms that the attainment of joy is problematic at best. It is getting to the point that national repentance is no longer possible. Attainment of calm joy …


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Three): Cultivating Joy

Sermon by David F. Maas

Strategies for cultivating joy include developing contentment and gratitude, giving rather than getting, finding pleasure in work, and valuing God's law.


Joy in the Lord

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that Americans relish their equality and their rights, including the right to pursue happiness, suggests that some Americans feel that gay marriage and homosexuality would be among the ways to pursue happiness. Thomas Jefferson would not have approved that willful and presumptuous interpretation of …


Joy: What Is It?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the difficulties in translation from Greek and Hebrew to English, as well as comprehending spiritual truths with a fleshly mind, maintains that it is only through God's Holy Spirit we can comprehend those truths at all. Even with God's Holy Spirit, we have difficulty. Our minds are too finite, …


The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength!

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins marvels that despite the continuous dramatic increase of material wealth in Modern Israel, this affluence or prosperity has not remotely led to joy. Clinical depression, requiring professional help (usually consisting of a host of powerful anti-depressant drugs) is almost pandemic in North America, with one in …


Happiness is Circumstantial, but Joy is Not!

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Happiness is a by-product of our response to God's calling, coupled with our determination to connect with the Father, the Son, and the whole spiritual family.


A Man of Sorrows

CGG Weekly by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus anticipated what was coming on the nation, prepared for it as well as He could, and persevered through it along with the rest of His fellow citizens.


The Joyful Advantage

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, focusing on Shawn Achor's book, The Happiness Advantage, asserts that, because a brain with a positive attitude has higher levels of dopamine and serotonin, it is more successful and productive. We can draw some spiritual analogies from Shawn Achors's work, utilizing some of his exercises to attain the joyful …


The Tenth Commandment

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Coveting begins as a desire. Human nature cannot be satisfied, nothing physical can satisfy covetousness, and joy does not derive from materialism.


Even From My Youth

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, observing how the mood and attitude of a generation shapes society, focuses upon the ramifications of the Baby Boomers "Youth Culture," pampering, overprotecting, and worshipping its young people. It teaches a narcissistic, "look out for Number One" attitude, delaying responsibility and …


Philippians (Part 10)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that as the residents of Philippi (an outpost in a foreign land) had never seen or been to Rome, their status as citizens of Rome compelled them to maintain the culture and traditions of Rome. Likewise, not one of us who claim citizenship in Heaven has ever been there, but like an ambassador in a …


Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Six)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus shared many happy feasts with His disciples and attended banquets and celebrations, much to the chagrin of the self-righteous Pharisees.


John (Part 24)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses on the final instructions Jesus gave to His disciples following the Passover meal preceding His death. Jesus provided sober warnings in order to prepare the disciples for unpleasant eventualities, including being ostracized from the religious and cultural community. Jesus warned that in the future sincere …


God's Perseverance With His Saints (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

God, as our true Shepherd, provides total protection of His called out-ones forever. Being kept in God's name refers to assimilating the attributes of God.


The Post-Resurrection Last Words of Christ (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reviewing the significance of Christ's final post-Resurrection sayings, "Feed My sheep" (appearing thrice) and "Follow me" (appearing twice), emphasizes that these words apply to all of God's called-out ones). We have a mandate to study the Bible comprehensively and responsibly, not becoming …