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Third Week of Advent: Joy to the World

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Third Week of Advent: Joy to the World

The angels declare to the shepherds that they have "good news of great joy." Oftentimes, we assume that following Jesus as Lord means sacrificing joy and happiness, when, in fact, just the opposite is true. The Christian experience is not the denial of happiness, but the temporary denial of things that only pretend to provide happiness. We are made with a desire for deeper joy than the trivial things of this world can satisfy, and in Christ, God made a way for that desire to be fulfilled.

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The Battle is Won: A Joyful Kingdom

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The Battle is Won: A Joyful Kingdom

The good news of Jesus is just that: news. It's news to be shared and enjoyed. Oftentimes, we confuse the news of the Gospel with advice, cloaking dos and don'ts with the claim that they are the message of Christianity. But we know the how the beauty of the Gospel is not advice, it's the news that Jesus defeated sin and death on the Cross, which produces a joyful commitment to Him, not begrudging submission to a list of rules. 

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