Pastor Tim Pianta 65 Main Street, Tolga, Phone 0418882605 Email tolgacommunitychurch@gmail.com ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Joy & Peace versus Happiness

Ps Tim has been working around the Lakeland Area near Cooktown the past couple of weeks and shared with us today the change in the landscape in that area from having rain.

As the country (around Lakeland) has been washed with rain so too we are washed by God to make us clean.  When you look at the land it is green, clean and beautiful with an abundance of grass and vegetation.  It reminds us that God can take land that dry and dirty and wash it clean and fresh causing new growth.  Likewise, He washes us clean and causes growith and abundance.

If we lose everything do we still have joy and peace?  Peace is not found in us, but in God.  In Jesus nothing is missing, nothing is broken.  God wants us to be a blessing to bless others.  If we are "happy" then our lives depend on whether we are happy or sad (emotions) but not on deep down joy and peace.  How do we get it right?  Obey God.  To be obedient to God we must be Spirit filled (Holy Spirit).

Today's Bible Readings from message:
  • 2 Corinthians 4:7-12
  • John 17:21
  • 2 Corinthians 1:15-24
  • John 16:29-33
  • Deut. 28:45-48
  • Acts 1:8
  • 1 Peter 4:12-19
(posted by Sally)

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