$10000 Funeral

A gifted public speaker was asked to recall his most difficult speaking assignment. “That is easy,” he answered. “It was an address I gave to the National Conference of Undertakers. The topic they gave me was, ‘How to Look Sad at a Ten Thousand Dollar Funeral.’ ” Now that’s a tough assignment!

But here’s an assignment that can top that one: “How to Teach the Early Church to be Miserable.” The early believers had a joy that was unspeakable! It was unquenchable, unfathomable, and unsquelchable.

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
—John 15:11
Paul wrote from prison, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). His joy was not dependent on his surroundings. His joy was dependent upon the Holy Spirit of God who produces joy within.

Jesus is the joy of living;
He’s the King of Life to me.
Unto Him my all I’m giving,
His forever more to be.

I will do what He commands me;
Anywhere He leads I’ll go.
Jesus is the joy of living;
He’s the dearest friend I know.
—Alfred H. Ackley

Early Christians were filled with joy because Jesus gave them hope and life. Should we be any different?

Published by Intentional Faith

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