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'The Greatest Little Word'
by Travis Wiginton
06/14/10
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The greatest little word is the Bible.

The theme of the Bible might be many others, but after 60 yrs. of ministry,
I believe the key word (next to Jesus) is JOY.
Joy is "Jesus and you with nothing in-between"
No one can take His place when it comes as real lasting JOY.

Much of what the Bible says, is about JOY.
this paper could be entitled "The JOY of the Journey continues.
When there are medical or physical problems, we may have to dig a little deeper in the well of God's JOY. However we find God's well will never run dry....
and that we can draw 'water' from it every day and night.

The word JOY is used over 40 times in the Bible. It would be an encouragement....
if you checked your concordance and read those Scriptures.

Long time pastor Vance Havner wrote:
"The church suffers from a saddening lack of old--fashioned, simple-hearted over-flowing Christian JOY. Sometimes it seems we may meet on the Lord's Day more as though we had assembled to mourn a defeat than to celebrate a VICTORY!"

Sin can take JOY away, but forgiveness plus private and public worship can help restore JOY. David is a worthy example of this.
Psalm 51 records David's restoration, from experiencing forgiveness to having JOY.

The University of Oklahoma Women's basketball team visited Haiti recently after it was torn asunder by an earthquake. The young women visited 'Hope House' for orphaned children.

One of the team members said, "It's crazy to see that you bring so much JOY to the children, but at the same time, they brought us much JOY and made us smile more.
We heard a lot of stories about how their faith gets them through each day.
We saw people who literally had nothing, yet they had HOPE for a better day.

They worshiped God with all of their hearts.
It challenged us to 'live our faith' more...no matter what comes our way!"

We saw the JOY of the orphans as we gave them clothing, but they gave us JOY in return. One home cared-for over 20 children in two rooms.....
they were always were so thrilled to see us coming."

As I read the team's testimonies, I thought about how we in America have SO much.
But if we don't have Jesus in their hearts/lives, we don't have genuine and lasting JOY!

'Jesus is All the World to me'
Words and Music by Will L. Thompson (1847-1909) Tune by 'Elizabeth'

"Jesus is all the world to me,
my life, my JOY, my all;
he is my strength from day to day,
without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
no other one can cheer me so;
when I am sad, He makes me glad,
He's my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
my Friend in trials sore;
I go to Him for blessings, and
He gives them o'er and o'er.
He sends the sunshine and the rain,
He sends the harvest's golden grain;
sunshine and rain, harvest of grain,
He's my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
and true to Him I'll be;
O how could I this Friend deny,
when He's so true to me?
Following Him I know I'm right,
He watches o'er me day and night;
following Him by day and night,
He's my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
I want no better Friend;
I trust Him now, I'll trust Him when
life's fleeting days shall end.
Beautiful life with such a Friend,
beautiful life that has no end;
eternal life, eternal JOY...
He's my Friend."









If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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BILL HUNT 15 Jun 2010
Brother Travis: A home run message! The JOY of the Lord is my strength. He was filled with JOY above his fellows. JOY is a sure sign of spiritual strength!




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