Category Archives: Joy

COPERNICUS ON GOD’S CREATION…(The Bible’s Impact on Scientific Discovery [July 14])

Are you glad? Are you happy? Are you content? At work I have drawn a rainbow on my window which can be seen outside but is more for a backdrop when I am in meetings as right inside the arch are the words “Happy Today!!”. I put under that two assumptions for it being “Happy Today!!” – First assumption is “no matter what happens” and the Second assumption is “you are alive”. Based on these two things every day – 7 days a week – I can say “Happy Today!!” – Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday, Happy Wednesday, Happy Thursday, Happy Friday, Happy Saturday, Happy Sunday. It has become contagious. How many place have you ever been where you here people saying “Happy Monday” – I am blessed and at GoDaddy it is happening. Some people have even started picking up advanced “Happy Today” techniques like saying “Happy Friday-eve” on Thursdays. 🙂 I don’t limit this to the office but the building, the elevator, Starbucks, and most everywhere I go. How about you? Are you letting your light shine? Are you being a being of hope, optimism, truth, and love? Are you letting your light shine in this world where things can seem to dark and gloomy to everyone?

Today’s reading comes to us from Psalms 92 and it says…

How Great Are Your Works

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
6 The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
8 but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
9 For behold, your enemies, O Lord,
for behold, your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

–from Psalms 92

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on scientific discovery brings us the topic of Copernicus on God’s Creation. In today’s devotional, we learn about  how Nicolaus Copernicus who was a Polish mathematician, astronomer, and Canon of Poland’s Frauenburg Cathedral revolutionized science by suggesting that the Sun rather than the Earth was at the center of the universe, contradicting the popular notion that everything rotated around the Earth. We learn how Copernicus ‘ view was an investigation of the mysteries of creation and its creator through the exploration of through scientific investigation. Today’s devotional closes on the subject of Copernicus reflecting on creation in his “On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres” which points to part of our reading from Psalm 92:4 which says…

‘ For you, O Lord , have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.’ — Psalms 92:4

Today’s devotional captures the following …

For who, after applying himself to things which he sees established in the best order and directed by divine ruling, would not through diligent contemplation of them and through a certain habituation be awakened to that which is best and would not wonder at the Artificer of all things, in Whom is all happiness and every good? For the divine Psalmist surely did not say gratuitously that he took pleasure in the workings of God and rejoiced in the works of His hands, unless by means of these things as by some sort of vehicle we are transported to the contemplation of the highest Good.

–from Nicolaus Copernicus, On The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres: Book I

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for this is the day that You have made so I will rejoice and be glad in it. Help me Lord to let my light shine in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory. Help me Lord to let others see Jesus in and through me. Help me Lord to live out my life not with fear or worry but with boldness, courage, and faith that You are with me and so all things are possible because I believe in You. Help me Lord to focus on those things which are beneficial. And Lord as I prepare for this day help me Lord to live it out in a way that will bring You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

BISHOP BEDELL…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 11])

Are you going through tough times? Is your group going through tough times? Is your neighborhood going through tough times? Is your workplace going through tough times? Is your family going through tough times? And what are you doing? How are you acting? What are you saying? How are you encouraging others? How are you inspiring others? How are you providing hope to others? How are you spreading good cheer? How are you spreading perseverance? Are you reminding them that they belong to God? Are you standing firm like Daniel and his friends at the fiery furnace when they said

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

from Daniel 3

Will you stand up for the truth? Will you stand up for what is good? Will you stand up for what is right? Will you stand up for what is just? Will you stand firm and not give up? Will you put on the full armor of God? Will you be prepared no matter what? Will you take hold of the truth that the battle belongs to the Lord? Will you take comfort in knowing that because you are standing up and aligned with God that no matter what happens here and now in on earth that you know that You will spend eternity with God because you are His?

Today’s reading comes to us from Psalm 3

Save Me, O My God

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

1 O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.”


3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill.


5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people!


from Psalm 3

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the topic of the Bible’s impact on Trade and Taxes comes to us through the story of Bishop Bedell. We learn about the Irish Rebellion of 1641-1642. We learn about the Catholics rising up against the English government out of fear for the Protestants invasion. We learn about how they killed and imprisoned many Protestants.  We read about Bishop William Bedell of Kilmore, an Anglican bishop who preached from our reading for today in verses 3-6.

‘ But you, O Lord , are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord , and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.’

–from Psalms 3:3-6

He used these verses and words of encouragement even while facing the threat of death himself. He provided hope to both his fellow prisoners as well as to his captors which reminds of Paul while he was imprisoned and continued to preach the message of hope and spoke of how it was advancing the kingdom of God. His inspiration motivated many even though he eventually died from environmental issues and getting typhus in February of 1642. We learn that his final words of encouragement that were recorded say “Be of good cheer, be of good cheer; whether we live or die we are the Lord’s.

Will you let the joy of the Lord be your strength? Will you take hold of the truth that He that is in you is greater than he who is in the world? Will you not lose hope because of trials or troubles but rather draw closer to God? In this world we will have troubles – Jesus tells us this and tells us also to take hope because He has overcome the world! We also learn that we are to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because we know that  the testing of our faith produces perseverance. So we need to let perseverance finish its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

So let’s persevere! Let’s take hope in Jesus! Let’s allow our faith to grow! Let’s Persevere so that in the wend we will hear well done my good and faithful servant! Let’s finish strong so that we will be mature, complete, and lacking nothing!

Heavenly Father,
You know the day ahead even before I step into it. You know the past behind me and love me the same no matter how great a step or how bad a stumble for when I ask for forgiveness You are faithful and just to forgive me. Lord grant me wisdom for today. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear so that You Lord in all that I say and do will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.




How do you respond to the bride?

I remember standing at the front of the church awaiting her arrival. I remember seeing her walk in looking so beautiful. I remember feeling the greatest joy and love and happiness watching her getting closer. I’ve been told I had the biggest smile on my face. What a day it was to get to marry that incredible lady. What a day to get to celebrate getting married with her and my family. What a day to catch on film (pictures and video) so that we could remember that day forever. The album from the photographer and pictures received from others. The video from the videographer. It’s hard to believe its been over 20 years now but all I know is that I love that girls and the life we have together. God knew it wasn’t good for me to be alone! God knew of a helpmate for me and she showed up that one fall day at university! And the relationship that followed has gotten us to where we are at today! I am blessed with a Proverbs 31 woman:

A Wife of Noble Character

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
    She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
    and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax
    and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
    and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
    with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
    a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
    her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
    her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
    and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
    for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
    She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
    where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
    and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
    and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
    and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
    Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
    but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
    but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
    Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

–from Proverbs 31

I thank God for such an incredible wife! I remember the summer before we met praying to God for a wife, I didn’t want a girlfriend, I was so beyond and done with that idea, I wanted to find the one, the wife I wanted and needed. And He brought her into my life and I am truly blessed by such an incredible blessing as are our children!

Today’s devotional from Day 364: Bible In One Year 2018 speaks to the Bride and closes before the reading from God’s Word with this point…

This powerful and beautiful metaphor of ‘the bride’ is one that is used to describe the church in the New Testament (Ephesians 5:22–32). It is also used in today’s New Testament passage of the church of the future, which comes down out of heaven from God, ‘prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband’ (Revelation 21:2). This picture of the bride, the new Jerusalem, is prefigured in different ways in both our Old and New Testament passages.

–from Day 364: Bible In One Year 2018

The Bride — Day 364: Bible In One Year 2018

  1. The bride to be proud of … Proverbs 31:21-31
  2. The bride prepared … Revelation 21
    • Consider this…
      • This passage has within it a paradox concerning the new creation. There will be ‘a new heaven and a new earth’, but Christ says, ‘I make all things new’ (v.5, NKJV) – not, ‘I make all new things’. This is an indication of the continuity with this creation. That is why Martin Luther said, ‘If I knew the world was ending tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.’ This has huge implications for our understanding of the resurrection (and also for how we treat the environment now). –from Day 364: Bible In One Year 2018

    • An at this point, we discover:
      • There are six notable absences:

        No suffering

        God himself will be with you and he will wipe away every tear from your eyes (vv.3b–4a). There will be no more suffering, sickness or sadness.

        No death

        There will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain (v.4b). There will be no more hospitals, no walking sticks, no funerals and no cemeteries.

        No temple

        There is no sign of a temple, ‘because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple’ (v.22).

        No sun

        It does not need the sun or moon to shine, ‘for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp’ (v.23). The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it.

        No night

        There is no night there: ‘On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there’ (v.25).

        No impurity

        Those who choose to carry on living lives that destroy others have no place in this inheritance (vv.7–8): ‘Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life’ (v.27). Nothing will be ruined by sin. It will be totally perfect.

        — from Day 364: Bible In One Year 2018

  3. The bride prefigured … Nehemiah 11:22-36Nehemiah 12

Are you ready to celebrate?

When was the last time you had a party to celebrate something huge? What were you commemorating? What were you observing? What special thing were you marking? What memory were you keeping?

There are many holidays that get celebrated for religious and national purposes. Some seem to get celebrated in different ways and at different levels than others. Some are joyous and others are solemn. Most get celebrated in groups. What comes out of it? Inspiration? Equipping? Revitalized? Transformed?

Do you know Jesus? Do you realize the heavenly celebration that takes place every time someone turns to Him? We see in the story of the lost or prodigal son how when the son came home it was a time to celebrate! So don’t feel like you have to get everything under control and fixed up before you can turn to God! Jesus paid it all! We just have to choose to receive the incredible gift of God!

Are you getting ready to have the greatest celebration ever? One bigger than has ever occurred before? Do you know what to celebrate? Do you know what you have to celebrate today? Do you know how to celebrate?

Why not celebrate all the people being saved through Jesus Christ? There are so many people who are having their lives intersected with Jesus each day! There is always something to celebrate!

Why not celebrate that you are alive? You have so many opportunities today! So how will you live them out and celebrate these opportunities?

Why not celebrate today? This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Facing troubles and challenges? In this world we will have troubles! Thanks to Jesus we can have hope because He has overcome them all! We can consider it pure joy because we know that the testing of our faith produces perseverance and that when we let perseverance finish its work we will be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Jesus is coming back and for those of us who have chosen to receive Him as our Lord and Savior there will be such an incredible celebration!

How to Celebrate

Day 347: Bible In One Year 2018

  • Celebrate answered prayer … Psalms 142
    • Today’s devotional shares these points and reasons to celebrate and more…
  • Celebrate before the throne in heaven … Revelation 4
    • Today’s devotional shares these points and reasons to celebrate and more…
      • You do not need to wait until heaven to experience ‘heavenly’ worship. This worship is happening now – 24-7 – in heaven. In this passage, we get a glimpse of what it looks like. Every time you worship, you join in with the worship of heaven.

        John’s eyes turn from the church on earth to the church in heaven. John looks through an open door in heaven (v.1). Accompany John as he is invited to ‘Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next’ (v.1, MSG).

        What follows is an extraordinary vision of the greatness and glory of God. God is at the centre of the universe, surrounded here by images of who he is and what he has done. The ‘throne’ suggests the highest authority, the ‘rainbow’ is the rainbow of promise, the ‘lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder’ point to the power of God, and the ‘sea of glass, clear as crystal’ suggests peace and security (vv.2–6).

        ‘Seven fire-blazing torches fronted the throne (these are the Sevenfold Spirit of God)’ (v.5, MSG). There is one Holy Spirit but the fire-blazing torches represent all the different ways in which he expresses himself and in which you experience his fullness in your life.

        Around the throne are twenty-four elders seated on thrones, probably representing the twelve tribes of the Old Testament and the twelve apostles of the New Testament. This is the completed and perfect church of Jesus Christ. You are included.

        As those around the throne contemplate the wonder of God the natural response is to turn to worship – and this is the first thing that John finds going on in heaven. There are five worship songs in the next two chapters.

        ‘Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”’ (v.8). (Those of us who find repetition hard may have to get used to a lot of it!)

        ‘Whenever the living creatures give glory, honour and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and give him all the glory’ (vv.9–11).

        The church, the angels and all created things bow down and worship God. The eternal Father sits on the throne surrounded by the worshiping community.

        As John Stott wrote, one day you will ‘join the church triumphant, the great multitude that no one will be able to count, drawn from every nation, tribe, people and language, and you will stand with them before God’s throne.

        ‘The King of the universe will give you refuge in the shelter of his throne. You will see him and worship him day and night. The Lamb turned Shepherd will lead you with the rest of his sheep to fountains of living water. You will satisfy your thirst forever at his eternal springs.’
        –from Day 347: Bible In One Year 2018

  • Celebrate the great acts of God … Esther 6, Esther 7, Esther 8
    • Today’s devotional shares these points and reasons to celebrate and more…
      • Yes they will. God has come to earth in the person of his Son, Jesus (the incarnation, which we celebrate at Christmas). He has defeated evil through the cross and resurrection (which we celebrate at Easter). The final victory will take place when Jesus comes again. In the meantime, he has given you the Holy Spirit so that you can experience a foretaste of that final victory right now (this we celebrate at Pentecost).
        –from Day 347: Bible In One Year 2018

Things feeling like they are spinning out of control?

Being faced with challenges, struggles, issues, problems and wondering what is going on? No matter what they are don’t lose hope and don’t give up! Remember how much God loves you! Remember that He has a plan for you! So draw closer to Him and press in to what He has planned for you and His purpose for your life!

Remember when things seem like they are falling apart that they may just be aligning to fall into place! Then consider your part in going with it! What is required of you? What is it that God wants you to learn and grow in and through this time? How will you walk out stronger on the other side?

Let’s look beyond here and now! Let’s look up to eternity and how it will be! Let’s not lose hope when things get hard but rather let’s lean into God more and allow Him to work in and through us! Let’s lean in and be held by God! God know the beginning and the end! He is able to bring peace in the storm! He is able to calm our hearts within the storm! He is able to calm the storm! Either way don’t lose hope but trust in Him and lean in to Him and be held!

Jesus told us it wouldn’t be easy when we are living on this earth but He also encouraged us!

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 NLT

God’s Word tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because there is a plan and there is a purpose and it is for our good…

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 1:2-4 NLT

Today’s devotional closes with a quote from A. W. Tozer which I am going to include here too…

‘God is love and God is sovereign. His love disposes Him to desire our everlasting welfare, and His sovereignty enables Him to secure it.’

–from Day 341: Bible In One Year 2018

Is God Really in Control?

Day 341: Bible In One Year 2018

  1. The Lord reigns from conception to deathPsalms 139:11-16
  2. The Lord reigns over every area of your life3 John 1
  3. The Lord reigns over events and historyZechariah 1, Zechariah 2, Zechariah 3, Zechariah 4

Today’s reading from God’s Word…