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JOY! Magazine February / March 2020

JOY! Magazine is one of the premier Christian Family Magazines in the world, covering a range of content including breaking Christian news, relevant current affairs, articles on marriage and family, devotional teachings and much more!

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3 min.
tap into god ’s wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”– James 1:5 I want to share a prophetic dream that I had many years ago, as it could be very helpful and relevant to someone. In my dream I walked out of a building quite late at night (I had been working in this building). The street was deserted and dark, except for a few unsavoury characters standing across the road at a bus stop. They all had dark hoodies on. My car was parked in a parking lot about four blocks up the road. I froze as they all stared at me, I knew that I was in trouble. Immediately I prayed and asked the…

1 min.
a prayer for those seeking reconciliation with god

I have come to believe that You are the only God, the maker of heaven and earth. I have come to believe that Jesus is your Son, that He is the judge of the living and the dead, and the Saviour of the world. I have also come to see my own guilt before You, and I long to be made clean. I believe that if You are willing, You can make me clean. Jesus, I believe that you died on the Cross for me. There You were wounded for my transgressions, You were bruised for my iniquities; and the punishment for my peace was upon You. I have been like a lost sheep, I have turned to my own way, but I believe that God laid my iniquity upon You.…

2 min.
making sense of this world

The greatest theologian of the middle ages, Thomas Aquinas, said: “You cannot make sense of this world from within this world. You have to get outside of this world to make sense of this world.” Struggles in Scripture This is the very thing that the writer of Psalm 73 struggled deeply with. In the first half of the Psalm he described the impossibility of making sense of the world from within the world. He could not understand why things go well for the wicked, despite their open blasphemy and pride. For the first fifteen verses he wrestled with this issue until, in verse 16, he found his answer: “I tried to think this problem through, but it was too difficult for me until I went into Your temple. Then I understood what will…

1 min.
introduction to basic christianity

The dictionary defines a religion as “the service and worship of God or the supernatural.” So, Christianity is obviously a religion. But what makes it different to any other religion? If the only thing separating it from other religions is a set of unique rituals, or a collection of unique buildings where Christians meet, then Christianity really does not have anything to commend itself at all. What then makes Christianity what it is, and why has it changed the lives of billions of people throughout the centuries? The answer is that Christianity is defined by its unique message. This message is called “the Gospel.” It is the good news that although all people are guilty of sinning and stand justly condemned, God – in His great love – became a…

4 min.
the goose story

There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. Lost and blind One snowy eve, his wife was taking their children to the church service in their farm community. They were to talk about Jesus’ birth. She asked him to come, but he refused. “That story is nonsense,” he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man? That’s ridiculous!” So she and the children left, and he stayed home. A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. The man looked out the window,…

2 min.
loud repetition does not mean true

Just because you hear some claim made repeatedly and loudly, it does not mean that is the total picture of truth and reality. In fact, it may not be true at all. This is the first in a series on the subject of truth and reality. My inspiration comes from an unlikely source: the Springboks’ post-World Cup victory tour in 2019. Being in Port Elizabeth at the time, we took the opportunity to join the welcoming crowds at the airport. There we were, surrounded by locals of every description and demographic imaginable, all happily waiting to catch a glimpse of the heroes. This picture, idyllic and temporary it may be, was nevertheless a stark contrast to the diet we regularly receive from much of the mainstream media and politicians, some of…