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JOY! Magazine May 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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2 min.
how the apostles died

Matthew was the former tax-collector turned evangelist. He suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia and was killed by a halberd (combined spear and battleaxe). Simon the Zealot’s death is shrouded in uncertainty, yet early accounts record that he was either crucified in the Kingdom of Iberia, Samaria, or Persia. Peter was crucified upside down. Apparently, it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died. Judas (Thaddeus) was martyred in Persia on his missionary journey where he was hewed with an axe by religious leaders (Magi). Andrew was crucified in Greece. After being whipped severely, they tied his body to a cross. He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired. James the Great was otherwise known as one of the…

4 min.
characters of the bible timothy

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this month, we’ll take a look at a Biblical character who benefitted greatly from the faith of two important women in his life, his mother and grandmother. Timothy’s background Possibly a convert to Christ during Paul’s first missionary journey when he passed through Timothy’s hometown of Lystra (Acts 14:6), Timothy was a young convert by the time Paul visited the region again during his second missionary journey (Acts 16:1). Timothy came from a family where his Jewish mother and grandmother had converted to Christianity; his father was Greek (Acts 16:1; 2 Tim 1:5). This lineage later gave Timothy access to both Jewish and Greek cultures during his ministry. He was even willing to get circumcised in order to not offend Jewish converts (Acts 16:3). His mentor Paul The relationship…

1 min.
ministry in ephesus

The early church historian Eusebius reports that Timothy was the first bishop of Ephesus. The city was the most important city in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and one of the foremost urban centres of the Roman Empire. It was situated at the intersection of major trade routes making it an important commercial hub. Because it was on a river, it had a busy harbour that made it a key shipping port. It was also home to the Temple of Artemis (also known as Diana), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and was at the heart of paganism in Asia Minor. Witchcraft, necromancy, and magic arts were commonplace (see Acts 19). Ephesus minted on its coins “servant of the great goddess.” Church history records that during the reign…

8 min.
divine design …or mere chance?

“The fool has said in his heart: ‘There is no God.’” – Psalm 14:1 There are currently only two theories for the existence of the world and life:. Survival of the Fittest and Adaptation to the Environment were two of the themes that Darwin propounded; and modern men and women need not reject these ideas; since they make good sense. Firstly, there is the conservative view that the world and the whole universe were created by one God. Intelligent people don’t ask: Who created this God? The simple answer to this question is: God said “I am that I am.” In other words, He has always existed and always shall exist. The different monotheistic religions have different theologies. The Jews and the Muslims deny the divinity of Jesus; while the Christians maintain that…

6 min.
foreshocks of revelation: one day everything will be shaken

It’s true that the coronavirus has caused massive upheaval around the world. Whole countries are being quarantined (as South Africa recently was). Massive sports events were cancelled. Schools were closed. The stock markets collapsed. But this is a mere tremor compared to what is coming. One day the whole earth will be shaken. As the author of Hebrews tells us, the Lord “has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” – Hebrews 12:26-27. Everything will be shaken on that day. This is how Jesus described it: “There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations…

9 min.
how should christians respond to the coronavirus pandemic?

Apprehension, anxiety, and alarm – these are common responses to COVID-19. This new strain of the coronavirus is a global pandemic, and it is the underlying cause of much global uncertainty and disruption – even fear. Many people around the world have responded in fear. This is due to the real possibility of death, the highly contagious form of this disease, and the lack of a known cure. Responding with fear, in such cases, is a natural human reaction. How should we as Christians respond to COVID-19? Our response to COVID-19 is a diagnosis of our spiritual health: fear or faith? We know that it is good and necessary to take precautions. We, of course, try to follow all the advice of medical experts and our community leaders. We make every effort to…