Posted by Joseph Lutz on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 6:44 PM

This Sunday marks the start of our summer sermon series on "James: Real Faith. Real Life."  James is filled with wisdom for living a successful life and honoring God in the process.  Join us for worship every Sunday from now through Labor Day to unlock the wisdom of God's word for your life.

This  Sunday's message starts with James promising his readers "pure joy."  We all long for joy.  We want our lives to be happy and fulfilled and we want to have a good relationship with God.  But the "Recipe for Joy" reminds us that joy is not just a feeling, it's an attitude and way of life.  We all face challenges in life, and if we're not careful those struggles will steal our joy.  However, by having faith in God and the right attitude, we can have joy even during life's most challenging times.

I've experienced many difficult times in my life, times of illness and surgeries, depression, the loss of loved ones.  None of us are immune from these events.  However, these events haven't caused me to lose my joy or the hope I have in the Lord.  It's because I have faith in Jesus that I'm able to get through tough times.  My faith has grown stronger through the tough times.  In fact, it is the presence of the Holy Spirit and the fellowship I have with other believers that makes my joy complete.  If God can give us joy with all the challenges we face on this earth, imagine what our joy in heaven will be like.

This Sunday, we'll learn some things about joy you may not have thought about before.  God is full of surprises and new things we need to learn.  I hope to see you Sunday when we'll discover what joy is really like as we add the ingredients that make up the "Recipe for Joy."  You're invited to our Traditional Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. or Contemporary Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.

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