Roughing up kill-joys

I'm sure you've heard the term kill-joy.  This past Sunday Pastor Mike's message explored the kill-joy of more (feeling like you never have enough) and comparison. There's a long list of these joy-muggers: fear, boredom, busyness, suffering.  What's the big bully of gladness in your life?   The picture in my mind of a joy-killer is a skeet shooter, in which a hunter… Continue reading Roughing up kill-joys

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Joy on the saddest day of the year

I don't know about you, but June 21 is a depressing day on my calendar.  It's the start of summer, for sure; who can't love that?  It's the day of longest daylight hours, which here in Alberta means the horizon almost never quite goes dark.  But here's the sad paradox of the day - starting… Continue reading Joy on the saddest day of the year

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Defiant gladness

"Everywhere a greater joy is preceded by a greater suffering." Augustine Ok, let’s dive into one of the central struggles of living in joy – can we know joy in the face of pain, suffering, and tragedy?  Is it possible, even advisable, to choose joy in seasons of devastating sorrow?  Does joy trivialize our sufferings?… Continue reading Defiant gladness

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