Joy

Peace, Joy, Hope and Love

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This morning I spent some time pondering some verses in Romans. I was struck by how much what we all long for is provided to us through Jesus. Jesus is the solution and often, walking with Him, takes us through some difficult times. But the end is secure in Him. What we long for is found in Jesus.

Take a moment to read this passage.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rm. 5:1-5)

Here are a few questions for reflection:

  1. What are your longings?
  2. What does this passage bring to your mind?
  3. What hope does this passage give you?

Take a moment to thank Him for all He has done and is doing for you.

Maranatha (Come Lord)
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Christmas Greetings From Eastern Africa

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Merry Christmas to you from us. This past Sunday in worship I heard words from Romans 15:4-7 that seem particularly timely. Consider the vision and virtues in this passage.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in
accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

Amid the many ways of Christmas celebrations this season, I hope we can see in some way the presence of the One who loves us and expressed that love in Jesus-Yeshua, Immanuel, God with us.

Jesus-Yeshua knew and respected the scriptures. Being “Word in flesh”, Jesus-Yeshua embodied and revealed the heart of God – the essential, sacrificial, eternal, passion of God to love and be loved. The kind of love that gloriously envelops the world as the Angels continually call out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of God’s glory” [Isaiah 6:3]

And to think that Lifeway Missions (LMI) gets to be part of this world mission of love – person by person, small and big steps of hope, forgiveness, and healing, through faith, reason, and justice among the unreached people groups (UPGS). Thank you for participating in this kind of love. I thank God for you!

May you celebrate Christmas with joy and thank you for being part of what God is doing through Lifeway!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]

With love and joy,

Dr. Aila Tasse
Founder/President- Lifeway Mission Intl.

My Joy and Delight

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The prophet Jeremiah had a hard life. Pressures, burdens and hardships were all his. Though no one I know is currently facing what Jeremiah did, most serious Christians I know are facing pressures, burdens and hardships. How can we cope?

Jeremiah says this, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” (Jer. 15:16)

This verse implies seeking insights from the Scriptures and then reflecting on these Scriptural insights. This produces a peace and confidence even in the midst of our trials.

May you and I follow the model of Jeremiah and seek insights, wisdom and consultation from the Scriptures on a regular basis.

Maranatha,
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