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JOY! Magazine April 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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
are we obedient to the word of god?

“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”– Deuteronomy 5:33 I was having a discussion with fellow believers recently and was declaring my gratitude to God for saving me and for protecting me from sickness and so forth. At some point I was challenged by one of the participants as to why some Christians do not get healed. I answered as best I could, but then I went away and prayed about this and asked the Lord to give me the correct answer to this very real question, and help me to answer it accurately. This is what I believe the Lord revealed to me: God doesn’t have favourites Every…

1 min.
a prayer for those seeking reconciliation with god

If you have come to see your need for a Saviour, and you long to be reconciled with God through His Son Jesus Christ, then pray this prayer now from your heart: God, have mercy on me, a sinner. 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…

3 min.
3 basic reasons for accepting christ

1 You need forgiveness At some point in your life, you will want to be clean. You will hate guilt; you will crave purity. You have a built-in desire towards God, and you will have to address that appetite at some point in your life. 2 You need a friend You may be sitting there saying, “But, don’t I have friends?” Yes, but you have never had a friend like Jesus. Nobody can handle the information about your life as well as He can. He is the most consistent relationship you will ever know. Human friends vacillate in their reaction, depending on your mood or theirs. Jesus Christ never changes His opinion of you. Nobody can tell Him anything that will change His mind about you. You cannot enjoy His world without His…

2 min.
man is inherently religious

Did you know that in the history of anthropology they have never discovered an atheistic tribe? Man is inherently religious. Here are some explanations for why: ‘An opiate of the masses’ The German philosopher Karl Marx said that religion is the “opiate of the masses.” It’s like a drug that the ruling class give to the masses to keep them submissive and easy to rule. But of course, that doesn’t answer the question! The very fact that religion does have such power over the masses is a testimony to how universally powerful this religious urge in man is. ‘A psychological wish-projection’ Ludwig Feuerbach, another German philosopher, said religion must be explained as a psychological wish-projection of an ideal father figure, a cry for help in our fears and insecurities. We want there to be…

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…

5 min.
easter the most passionate love story ever told

If ever there was a story to transform and energise you – giving you back your long-lost hope, rearranging the interior of your heart and pulling you to your knees in utter awe and amazement – it is undoubtedly the beautiful, breath-taking, ‘too-good-to-betrue’, yet real life story of Easter! A passionate love story The wild passion, the powerful love, the tender grace, and the intoxicating joy that this story brings is unmatched by any other narrative! It is an elixir, a balm, a lightning bolt, an invitation, a guarantee, an opportunity, firm ground to stand on, a breath of fresh air, a panacea of note. It is radical forgiveness for the wrong-doer, healing for the infirm, strength for the weak, and wealth for the poor. It is also peace for the anxious,…