From the Pastor's Desk
Shalom and GOOD morning to you ALL in Jesus'name!
I trust that as I write to share my thoughts for September - you are in the best of God's grace and generosity as you are committed to walk in His divine purpose and leading for your life. HE IS faithful, and IS committe to bring you into His plan for your life. AMen!
Romans 8:28, "He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good." [MSG]
Our theme for the Main Auditorium is 'UNITE TO FINISH.' Let us work togethr to finish and complete it for His glory! I believe that when we stand together WE CAN FINISH our Auditorium project. Amen! Our September emphasis is 'Be Joyful.'
The world has a woeful shortage of joy and a surplus of fear, worry, discouragement and depression. Even the "pursuit of happiness" and obsessive pleasure-seeking DO NOT bring deep and lasting joy.
Let's first understand the difference between 'joy' and 'happiness.' 'Happiness' is an emotion, and God never intended for people to be in that emotional state all the time. There is "a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance" [Ecclesiastes 3:4]
Biblecal joy - the true joy - comes from filling the spiritual void with good relationships, primarily an initmate relationship WITH the One who is pure joy. Jesus put it this way: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit" [John 15:5]. That fruit includes much joy!
The Bible speaks much more often of joy THAN of being happy. "Hap" means chance and is the root of several words - happen, happening, haphazard (dependent on mere chance), hapless, happenstance (a stance circumstance) and happy.
"Happiness" is a glad feeling that depends on something good happening. God wants you to experience happy times (as long as God approves of what is happening). But His greater desire is that YOU HAVE unconditional joy. Jesus said His joy would "remain in you" and "your joy no one will take from you" [John 15:11; John 16:22, emphasis added throughout].
This fruit of joy is so needful, yet so evading. Can I invite you all to take a journey with me in search of this fruit together? Amen!
May the Lord's hand be upon us as we journey together to discover this fruit of the Spirit call "JOY."
Pastor Christopher Mun & Marianne Mun