Posts with the tag “joy”

Debt Cancelled
by Delman Coates on May 21st, 2024
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross." - Colossians 2:13-14   From the moment humanity fell into sin, we began accumulating a debt—a debt we could never hope to r...  Read More
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Enhancing Lives
by Delman Coates on May 5th, 2024
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." - Luke 4:18-19   Reflect for a moment on the mission Jesus outlined in Luke 4:18-19. He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to bring good news to th...  Read More
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Knowing Christ Deeply
by Delman Coates on March 30th, 2024
"that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death." - Philippians 3:10   In Philippians 3:10, Paul reveals the secret to finding true joy – knowing Christ deeply. He contrasts religious performance and personal achievement with the incomparable joy that comes from an intimate relationship with Jesus. Paul's desire to know Christ go...  Read More
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Embracing God's Promise of Reconciliation
by Delman Coates on March 7th, 2024
"Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." - 2 Corinthians 7:1   In 2 Corinthians 7:1, Paul reminds believers of the precious promises given to them by God. Among these promises is the assurance of God's reconciliation, expressed in the comforting words, "I will we...  Read More
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Only God Can Make Life Worth Living
by Delman Coates on February 15th, 2024
"I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you." - Luke 15:18   In the journey of life, we often find ourselves searching for meaning, happiness, and wholeness in various places and pursuits. The Prodigal Son's realization echoes a universal truth – only God can bring the joy, peace, and acceptance that our hearts truly desire. This de...  Read More
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A Promise Unveiled
by Delman Coates on January 20th, 2024
"There shall once more be heard the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride." - Jeremiah 33:10-11   In the intricacies of our lives, God unveils a promise of renewal. Jeremiah 33 reveals this divine assurance: "There shall once more be heard the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride....  Read More
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A Prayer for Restoration
by Delman Coates on January 2nd, 2024
"Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit." - Psalm 51:12    In the journey of life, there comes a moment when each of us must face the stark reality of our own shortcomings. This moment of reckoning is not exclusive to the humble; even kings, like the shepherd boy turned King David, grapple with the realization that pride can lead us away from the glory and pre...  Read More
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Unparalleled Joy and Peace in Christ
by Delman Coates on December 31st, 2023
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John 14:27   The decision to give our life to Christ is a profound moment of transformation that ushers in unparalleled joy and peace. This joy and peace are unique to believers and distinguish our experience from those who have not yet embraced the lov...  Read More
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The Unexpected Gift
by Delman Coates on December 24th, 2023
"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'" - Luke 2:10   As the holiday season approaches, our hearts are filled with the anticipation of gifts, joy, and celebration. Christmas is a time for treasured traditions, family gatherings, and moments that warm our souls. But amidst all the excitement, let me share a story with you...  Read More
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Restoring Joy and Righteousness
by Delman Coates on December 17th, 2023
"In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line; he will do what is just and right in the land." - Jeremiah 33:15   In the reassuring words of Jeremiah, we discover not only the promise of God's help but also the profound depth of His assistance. It is not merely a superficial rescue but a comprehensive restoration, covering the very essence of our lives. Je...  Read More
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Just Hold On
by Delman Coates on December 12th, 2023
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9   Life often presents us with moments of waiting and uncertainty, where patience becomes our greatest test. We may find ourselves in situations where we're waiting for a breakthrough, an answer, or a promise to be fulfilled. It's in these moments that we might grow impatient...  Read More
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Give Him the Glory
by Delman Coates on December 11th, 2023
"Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.'" - Genesis 21:6   Have you ever considered the weight of the process you go through in life? The journey, the trials, and the waiting can feel burdensome, but there's something remarkable that happens in the midst of it all. The process, when entrusted to God, can lead to an increase in joy, amplified...  Read More
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Endurance Through Trials
by Delman Coates on September 1st, 2023
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” - James 1:2-3   In the early 1950s, the Timex Corporation found itself teetering on the brink of failure. Despite advertising efforts featuring notable figures like Mickey Mantle and Ben Hogan, sales for their durable watches remained disap...  Read More
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Growing While Waiting on God
by Delman Coates on August 3rd, 2023
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” - Isaiah 40:31  Waiting is often seen as a passive state, a time of inactivity where we are simply biding our time until something happens. But in God’s economy, waiting is far from passive. It’s a time of preparation, growth, and ...  Read More
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Laughter of Promise Fulfilled
by Delman Coates on July 22nd, 2023
“Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.’” - Genesis 21:6  Genesis 21 tells the story of God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His promise to Abraham and Sarah. After years of waiting and trusting in God’s promise, Sarah finally gives birth to a son, Isaac. This miraculous event not only demonstrates God’s power but also serves as a reminder of Hi...  Read More
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Fulfilling God's Purpose for Your Life
by Delman Coates on June 22nd, 2023
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28   Have you ever wondered why you were created? Why do you exist? What is your purpose in life? These are all questions that people have asked themselves at some point in their lives. But as Christians, we know that we were created for a specific purpose, and t...  Read More
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A God of Hope
by Delman Coates on March 1st, 2023
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” - Romans 15:13  You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up too high.” The point of the expression is to discourage people from becoming too confident in a particular outcome or else they run the risk of being very disappointed should things not turn ou...  Read More
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Room For a Miracle
by Delman Coates on February 28th, 2023
“God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” - Hebrews 2:4  In March of 2004, almost four dozen Boy Scouts and their scout leaders found themselves trapped inside a manmade cave in Utah when a wall of snow buried the entrances to the cave.  The avalanche was heard nearby by a group of scout leaders who called 9...  Read More
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He Shows You
by Delman Coates on February 25th, 2023
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” - Psalm 16:11  Over the past few days, we have discussed how, like the young boy was frustrated at his father, we too can become frustrated with God because we feel like we have an unmet desire. First we learned that God sees you. You are not invisible. With 8 billion p...  Read More
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On Your Own Time
by Ministry Support on August 19th, 2022
“So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.” - John 16:22   As Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:4, there is “a time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” Abraham was able to move on in his own time after the loss of Sarah.   The one thing to remember about grief is that it takes time because it is a le...  Read More
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Joy In The Morning
by Ministry Support on August 17th, 2022
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” - Psalm 30:5   To grieve is to be human. One writer said, “Grief, after all, is part of love. Not to grieve, not to lament, is to slam the door on the same place in the innermost heart from which love itself comes.”   The Psalmist says in Psalm 34:18, “The Lord i...  Read More
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In The Meantime
by Ministry Support on March 9th, 2022
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34  I once read a poem by Cameron M. Scott that I found both intriguing and interesting. It reads: “There is always something to do, some place to be, something to see, someone to be. A mountain to climb, a path to take, a journey to make. The future always holds a pro...  Read More
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Fireproof
by Ministry Support on March 7th, 2022
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. - Philippians 4:11-12  Over the last week, we have spent a lot of time talking about the...  Read More
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Break the Cycle
by Ministry Support on September 11th, 2020
Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s clock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their clock. When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?” They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. H...  Read More
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Unforgiveness Is A Prison
by Ministry Support on September 2nd, 2020
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)  In the first verse of Ephesians chapter four, Paul calls himself a prisoner of the Lord. He has been beaten and abused by th...  Read More
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