Well, we’re at the end of our series on Joy.

We’ve covered four spectacular reasons to have joy as a Christian: an unshakeable Kingdom, a supreme LORD, a secure Inheritance, and God’s imperishable Word.

But there’s a fifth reason…

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In our series on five reasons to have joy as a Christian, we’ve covered three: we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom, we have a supreme LORD, and we have a secure inheritance.

But we’re not stopping now. 1 Peter 1:23, quoting Isaiah, says,

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.

In Christ, we have God’s imperishable Word.

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In our series on five reasons to have joy as a Christian, we’ve already covered two: we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom and we have a supreme LORD.

But there’s more. 1 Peter 1:3-4 says,

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…(1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV)]

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We’re talking about five reasons to have joy as a Christian, which is a message I preached recently. (You can listen to the full message at the end of this post.)

Last week we said the first reason for joy is that we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom.

So not only are we part of an unshakeable Kingdom, but reason #2:

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I recently spoke to two groups of people about “five reasons to have joy as a Christian.” One was for a church in Masbate, Philippines. The other was for our local church in State College, PA. The message was received so well that I decided to share them with you here.

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There’s no easy internet connection in Masbate, so this report is a few days late. I’m actually sitting at my gate in Detroit ready to make the last flight home.

Our early flight from Manila landed us in Masbate at 6 AM, where we went from the airport to the motel, but along the way made some stops where church members greeted us with flags and banners.

From there we took a boat to a village.

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Another Day in Tondo

Chris Heinz —  May 11, 2015 — 2 Comments

Note: If you missed my first post about the church in the garbage dump, you can read it here.
Today we spent about four hours in Tondo. Pastor Roy took us around to student’s homes that a few of us sponsor.

It is very hard to describe what those homes are like. There is no running water, no electricity, no bathroom. I asked Pastor Roy what they do for the bathroom. For number two, they ask the other family members to leave the room and they put a paper on the ground, go on top of it, then in Pastor Roy’s words, “wrap it up like a present” and throw it away (don’t give me that gift!). For number one, the women go in a can and dump it outside. Men go outside.

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As we go about our work day, we might learn from an uneducated worker named Brother Lawrence. When Brother Lawrence joined a monastery in Paris in the 1600’s, he wasn’t educated enough to become an official clergyman, so he went about serving in the monastery. For the rest of his life, he worked in the kitchen and repaired sandals. But it was how he went about his work that was remarkable.

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Now we get to the third and final question in this series on Christ.

We’ve already considered, “How often do I think on Jesus?” and “How often do I tell Jesus what I think of him?” We also made a Think On Jesus List to help us think about Jesus, and then tell Jesus what we think of him. You could say we’ve looked inward and we’ve looked upward, but now we do something else.

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Note: This guest post is an open letter from my wife to the members of the Penn State fraternity in our hometown, who photographed nude pictures of women and posted them online.

Take a moment and dream with me:

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