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. llltWB:' ,) PAGE 6A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, Religion June 13. 2001 Reflections I By Dr. James White I DO YOU HAVE TIE JOY OF CHRIST? "And now come  unto thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might h ae my joy fulfilled in thela." John 17:13 KJV It What characterizes your life? What is the one thing that people can point out to others about you that speaks of you as a person in every respect? Is it y)ur physical looks? Is it yl[ur personality? Is it your s- cial status within the com- munity? Is it your financial$ status? Is it your outstand- ing abilities? Is it your qual- ity of life? Can it be the same characteristic that Jesus Christ possessed? If so, it is the joy of • Christ. Many times Jesus spoke to His disciples about His joy being complete and full in them. His desire and goals for us, His twenty first century disciples, is the same as it was with his first century disciples. His dis- ciples were filled with joy as they realized who they were: children of God and joint heirs with Christ. (Ro- marts 8:16-17). His dis- ciples have been dead in their sins but were now made alive in Christ (Ro- ma 6:4). As disciples we had once been helpless vic- tims of death, but now death has no hold over us (1 Corinthians 15:55-58). His disciples experience great joy by just hearing His words (Matthew 13:20). The disciples had joy as they left the sepul- chre because it was empty (Matthew 28:8). We can be like His first century dis- ciples because they had joy in finding the kingdom of heaven in Christ (Matthew 13:44). Joy is seen over one person that sincerely repents over their sins (Luke 15:7). Also, Jesus wants His joy to remain in us in order that our joy might be full (John 15:11). Lastly, Jesus wants our joy to be full so He told us to ask the Father in His name and we shall receive "that your joy may be full (John 16:24). How can we be anything less than joyful in Christ since we have had such a marvelous salvation experience with Christ. Christ's joy: do not deny yourself His joy which is our birthright as a child of God. Never be satisfied with a joyless life. Each os us as believers ought to have a deep settles fullness of the joy of Christ that no circumstances nor situa- tions in life can dispel. How does this come to us? This comes as each of us allows the Holy Spirit to express Himself in our life each day. You will notice it as will oth- ers. In Galatians 5:22, one of the fruits of the Spirit is joy. This joy is totally dif- ferent and unlike any hap- piness that is produced by the world in which we live. Happiness comes about due to our circumstances and situations. Joy comes from within and is due to our relationship and fellow- ship with the Lord through His Holy Spirit. Unforgiven sin blocks out the possibili- ties of having the joy of this fellowship which enhances our relationship. This type of joy should fill us and permeate everything we do. It is interesting to note that Jesus never did pray First Assembly of God Church 906.,..goyl Bvd. • M:,-*-I/ ........... :-* 489-0188  -- , 210 S. H. 274  , 778-2205 Antioch Baptist Church S.H. 31 W. • Malakoff 489-0785 Calvary Baptist Church 155 Legg • Trinidad 778-2660 Faith Community Baptist Hwy. 198 S. • Payne Spnngs 451-3860 First Baptist Church Cross Roads Hwy 59 ° 489-0625 First Baptist Church 220 W Mitcham • 489-0228 First Baptist Church 404 N. Walker St. • Malakoff 489-1769 First Baptist Church ° Trinidad 220 Lawrence • 778-2732 Fishers of men Compassion- ate Ministries 14999 Barron Road, Caney City 489-0763 Malakoff Baptist Church 306 W. Mitcham 489-0228 or 489.2064 Parkview Missionary Baptist Church 903 Smith • Malakoff ,:/ 489-1138 Grace Baptist 218 CR 2930 & Hwy 3[34 Benny Wofford Sr., Past0r 489-2136 ::. : Cedar Fork Baptisi[Cimreb Hwy. 31 ° r 778.28g Willow Spritqptist Chuj, Hwy 59 ,ns 677-t St. Jude's Caic Church 103 Luther Lane • Gun Barrel City %,887-1425 Mary, Q[4of Heaven Cath6li, Church Corner of Sta Harbor Road & Fisherman's Wharf Road Malakoff* 489-366 T0mlins0n Funeral Home Hwy 31 • P. O. Box 2050 Malakoff 489-1500 Seven Points 432-4441 Presbyterian Churchabank 112 Mt. Vernon St:- 8-25721 First Baptist ChurCh of Eustace ' Hwy 175 425-2261 Trinity Pentecostal Curch 102 Lawrence St., Trinidad, Tx. 778-4567 Pastor: The Rev. Dr. F.R.'Burns Heritage Baptist ChUrch 1604 E. Royall ° Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-1615 (903) 676-0348 Pastor: James Diesch Lakeview Assembly of:God Hwy 85 E • Seven o[ts . 432-2682 i" ! Full Gospel Tabernab3e 316 South - Across from football field Eustace, Texas United Methodist Chu:ch Of Trinidad 410 Mclntyre • 778=9144 :Pastor, Tommy William These Area Md Attend The Micheal G. George Attorney-At-Law 105 S. Terry Malakoff, Texas 489-1600 Cedar Lake Nursin 8 Home 30 Years of Care Giving * 90-Bed Facility * Licensed by Tx. Dept. of Health * Medicaid Certified by Tx. Dept. of Human Services 489-1702 ° Hwy 31 West • Malakoff -IF1 FIF1 FI D F1E 3harmao 409 West RIoyall • 489-1909 Marlin & Karen Perkins The Malakoff News 111 East Mitcham Malakoff 903-489-0531 Fax: 903-489-2543 C00rch Icourage You To Your Choice ,! Tanner Motor Co. MALAKOFF WRECKER SINCE 1925 24-Hour Wrecking & Towing Service Open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm 105 E. Mitchum • Malakoff 75148 489,1292 . 1-800-723-5506 Malakoff Insurance Agency 102 S. Terry • Malakoff 489-0512 Mike & Belinda Brownlow I I THANK YOU FOR READING THE MA LA KOF: NEWS for our happiness nor did He every pray that we would not experience grief. In John 17, Jesus prayed that you and I wouldhave the same joy that the Father had given Him. This was and is a di- vine joy, a joy that comes from a deep and unwaver- ing relationship with the God the Father. Our joy is so firmly grounded in our relationship and our fellowship with the Lord that nothing on earth can ever challenge or shake it. Are you experiencing real joy or just happiness? Is your joy the joy of Christ? I Bits From Baker.y God would never lie to you; but He will let you be- lieve a lie. He didn't lie to Adam and Eve; but they believed Satan's lies about God. You can believe any- thing you want and do what ever you want. God will tell you you are believ- ing and doing the wrong things; but He won't stop you. In Romans 1:24, 26 and 28 we see that God told these people the truth and to do what was right; but they rejected Jesus! All of Jesus' "word and sayings" are found throughout the Bible. How would a person kriow they are rejecting Jesus, His "sayings" and His "Word"? You reject i Church of Christ • Mabank Fifth St. & Mt. Vernon 887-0311 Church of Christ • Eustace 316 W. SH 175 • 425-2645 Church of Christ • Gun Barrel Hwy 85 & Harbor Point Rd. Mabank, Tx 887-8916 Church of Christ • Malakoff 214 Martin St 489-1718 Minister: Gene Baker Church of Christ • Trinidad 241 Scruggins • 778-2536 St. Matthias Episcopal Church 215 Willowbrook Dr. • Athens 675-3210 Rev. Donald Hickman I Four Mile Lutheran Church. ELCA Located 10 miles north of Mabank on Hwy. 90 in Prairieville Wm. Clayton McCord. Pastor 887-0833 St. Peter Lutheran Church, LCMS 101 Luther Lane • Gun Barrel City 887-0436 Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church Hwy 274 on Wilwhite Road • Tool 432-3657 United Methodist Church Highway 59 • Cross Roads New Hope Corinth CME 120 N. Havana & Hwy 31 W. Malakoff • 489-1388 United Methodist Church E. Mitcham & S. College Malakoff • 489-1467 Church of the Living God 1506 W. Washington Ave. Malakoff • 489-2911 Cedar Creek Bible Church Hwy 274 N • Tool - Seven Points 432-2175 Full Gospel Tabernacle 362 Front St.. Eustace 887-1792 Trinity Baptist Church Hwy 274-1 mile N of Hwy. 31 Trinidad • Tx (903) 778-2139 Payne Springs Baptist Church Hwy 198 • 451-2443 Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church W. Royall Blvd. Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-2828 Pastor: Rev. Joey Baggett Trinity Faith Center Hwy 90 ° Mabank, Tx. 887-4138 First Baptist Church Gun Barrel PO Box 399 • 887-6887 Living Word Church ° Mabank 205 E. Mason • Business Hwy 175 887-5014 Athens Seventh Day Adventist Church FM 1616 & HWY 3, Athens, ;rx Church - 9am, Sabbath School - 10:30am Pastor: Charles Buursma Village Church 5410 CR Hwy. 3054 ° Log Cabin 489-1171 Pastor: George Dooly Co-Pastor: Randy Huffman Gene Baker Jesus' "sayings and word." And just like Adam and Eve, God will allow you to believe and do what you want to believe and do. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 says "for this reason God will send upon them a de- luding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness." Are you believing Jesus' "sayings and word" or Satan's lis about Jesus' "sayings and word"? What if the Lord were to come right now? Would you know for sure, noth- ing doubting, that you would go to heaven? Don't know? Can't decide? I'd like to help! Write to Gene Baker at P.O. Box 395, Malakoff, Texas 75148- 0395. Or e-mail me at HairyEye@tvec.net. Hope to see you in church on Sunday ! Back to the Bible Philip entreats Nathanael to go with him to follow Jesus, who is leaving for Galilee. Mentioning that Jesus is from Nazareth, Nathanael exclaims, Narth!, Can anything good come from there? Come and see, says Philip• Apparently Nazareth has an unsavory reputation. It would seem unlikely to any devout Jew that a spiritual leader could arise from such a place. 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