It can be hard for many of us to find the joy and peace talked about around Christmas time. Many of us are reminded of the conflict that we have with others and how our year didn’t go exactly the way we had hoped. For others of us, the fear and anxiety of our circumstances seem to suck the life, joy, and peace we want to feel right out of us. We are often reminded of the brokenness of this world and life doesn’t seem to be how it should be. Over the next few weeks of this Christmas season, we will be taking a look at what it means to experience the joy God wants for us and how we can begin to experience the joy and peace of Christmas regardless of the circumstances around us.
If you were to list the things that steal your joy what would they be? Many of would say things like money, or the way others treat us, or maybe life not being fair. But in those answers we find a common factor. Our joy is often "stolen" when we are most concerned with the things that affect our lives. When things don't go how we intended, we feel that we have the right to be upset and be joyless. If we're honest, we all want our own way. We all want our lives to be smooth and comfortable...Watch Message
We all want to be happy. In fact, we all spend a significant amount of time in pursuit of things that make us feel happy. If we were given a choice everyday on whether to feel happiness or not, most of it would without thinking choose happiness. But it doesn't take long to realize that the brokenness of our world and the brokenness inside of us is at odds with our quest for happiness and at times, the storms of life make it close to impossible to find happiness. In the first week of our series, we take a...Watch Message