Sunday, October 29, 2017
Congrats Josh! This was Josh's first Helmet ever! Jakob was there with Josh at the end. It seems like Jakob is always in the final two or three at the end of Bulldog. I guess that's why Jakob is the reigning Winston Champion! It is always so good to see one of the boys win Bulldog for the first time! A tip of the hat to Josh for his first Helmet!
This week we played Handball for only the second time this year! Not having lines on the floor is a challenge, but Noah has risen to the occasion and set up lines for us. Thanks Noah! The game was actually very close. The score was 19-19 before we went to overtime! In the overtime my team scored three very quickly. The close exciting finish that we usually have wasn't in the cards.
In Bible Study our topic was "Joy"
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
The question we were trying to answer was, "How can we always be joyful?" Or, "How can we rejoice in the Lord always?"
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Part of the answer is, God wants to fill us with joy! It is not natural for us to be joyful, but one of the fruits of the Spirit that God provides us with, is joy!
Hebrews 12:1 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
This last passage tells us that Jesus was joyful even though he had to endure the cross. Jesus did not enjoy the pain of the cross. Jesus was joyful because of what his suffering was going to accomplish!
When life gets tough we need to look to our future in eternity with Jesus! This should bring us joy even in difficult circumstances! We are not expected to enjoy the pain that we have to endure in this world. We are asked to look forward to all that Jesus is going to provide, which is more than we can ask for or imagine!