“These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11
It was a strange time to speak of joy, of delight, gladness, and exultation! In half an hour, maybe less, Jesus would be in Gethsemane. In fact, He was on His way to that garden being accompanied by his disciples. It was while on the way there that He uttered the words of John 15:11. Only our Lord knew what awaited Him in the garden of sorrows.
One of the most remarkable facts connected with the Master is that, so far as the sacred writings are concerned, the only time Jesus spoke of His joy was when He was approaching Gethsemane. There are two deductions which may be drawn from this notable fact: First, His joy must have been altogether unique, differing absolutely from the world’s joy, if it still remained with Him in His hour of darkness. Second, if Jesus was joyful now, in the time of His greatest sorrow, our Lord’s former life must have been a life of joy.
Christian people can have and maintain the joy of the Lord. Remember reading in John 15, verse 11 “…my joy remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” Christian joy in unabashedly a Christ-like quality. Therefore, it should characterize our whole life and conduct. “Rejoice in the Lord always”.
– Mike Crowley –
Prayer is the means by which we can convey our thanks and petitions to the very court of heaven. Prayer is the means whereby we ask favors of the Giver of every good and perfect gift. It is through prayer that we breathe a desire that moves the mighty arm of our God. The arm of Him who sustains and protects those who place their trust in Him.
It is no wonder that the subject of prayer captivates and holds the interest of all who believe in God. I believe that it is imperative that we study this subject and learn more of it. It seems that far too many of God’s people claim to believe in prayer, yet are reluctant to participate in the practice of it. Perhaps a more diligent study would strengthen us to pray more frequently and fervently. It is interesting to note that the apostle Paul exhorted God’s people no less than 42 times to pray! This should reveal to us the importance of prayer in our lives.
The Bible tells us that our God provides for His own. He hears and cares for His family. I realize that such a short article cannot adequately explain such a grand subject. Allow these few words to stimulate you into an investigation of “What is Prayer?” Perhaps it will lead you into a greater practice of prayer in your life.
– Michael Crowley, Sr.
“I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” (Psalm 142:4)
This plaintive cry of the psalmist, expresses both great desire and despair. He wanted someone to care about him and his soul. And he despaired that anyone did care. Haven’t we all at one time or another felt this way? What hopelessness and what helplessness, when we feel that no one cares for us!
But someone does. No matter who we might be, or wherever we may be found, there are those who care for us. First, our great God cares for us. The Bile tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” Secondly, our Lord Jesus Christ cares for us. He willingly went to Calvary and died for us that we might live with Him in glory. As the song states: “Does Jesus care? Oh, yes, He cares!” The song writer had a good understanding of Biblical truth.
Finally, your friends and relatives care for you. The loving concern of a Christian wife, or parent, or child, makes known through many ways, that you are loved. If we only knew the full story, we would marvel at the number of people who really care.
– Mike Crowley, Sr.
Job answered the Lord, “I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me which I did not know.” (Job 42:3).
I recently read that the word kangaroo means, “I don’t know” in the language of the Australian Aborigines. When Captain Cook asked the natives what the name of the strange looking animal was, they answered “kangaroo”.
In the eighth chapter of the book of Acts, there was a man of Ethiopia, reading from the book of Isaiah, who was asked by Philip, “Do you know what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I , except someone guides me.” This very sincere man was searching for answers. “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” (Acts 8:35) It was said of the people in Berea that, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11). It is important that we go to the right source to find the answers.
Paul with confidence said, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (II Timothy 1:12)
-Michael Crowley, Sr.