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Joy is the serious business of heaven C.S.Lewis

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C.S. Lewis describes our present reality in this way …

C.S. Lewis describes our present reality in this way

this ‘valley of tears,’ cursed with labour, hemmed round with necessities, tripped up with frustrations, doomed to perpetual plannings, puzzlings, and anxieties.

Joy is the serious business of heaven

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  • 1. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven The Living Room
  • 2. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven The Living Room
  • 3. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven The Living Room
  • 4. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven The Living Room
  • 5. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven The Living Room
  • 6. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven It was reported to King David that God had prospered Obed-Edom and his entire household because of the Chest of God. The Living Room
  • 7. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven So David thought, “I’ll get that blessing for myself,” and went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David, celebrating extravagantly all the way, with frequent sacrifices of choice bulls. The Living Room
  • 8. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven David, ceremonially dressed in priest’s linen, danced with great abandon before God. The whole country was with him as he accompanied the Chest of God with shouts and trumpet blasts. But as the Chest of God came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, happened The be looking out a window. to Living Room
  • 9. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven When she saw King David leaping and dancing before God, her heart filled with scorn. The Living Room
  • 10. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven They brought the Chest of God and set it in the middle of the tent pavilion that David had pitched for it. Then and there David worshiped, offering burnt offerings and peace offerings. The Living Room
  • 11. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven When David had completed the sacrifices of burnt and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies and handed out to each person in the crowd, men and women alike, a loaf of bread, a date cake, and a raisin cake. Then everyone went The Living Room home.
  • 12. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven David returned home to bless his family. Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to greet him: “How wonderfully the king has distinguished himself today—exposing himself to the eyes of the servants’ maids like some burlesque street dancer!” The Living Room
  • 13. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven David replied to Michal, “In God’s presence I’ll dance all I want! He chose me over your father and the rest of our family and made me prince over God’s people, over Israel. Oh yes, I’ll dance to God’s glory—more recklessly even than this. The Living Room
  • 14. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven And as far as I’m concerned . . . I’ll gladly look like a fool . . . but among these maids you’re so worried about, I’ll be honored no end.” Michal, Saul’s daughter, was barren the rest of her life. 2 Samuel 6: 12-23 The Living Room
  • 15. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4 (NRSV) Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Philippians 4:4 (The Message) The Living Room
  • 16. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven Often the word here is translated rejoice. We normally understand that word today, I think, as meaning something that happens inside people, a sense of joy welling up and making them happy from within. The Living Room
  • 17. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven All that is important and is contained within Paul's command; but in his world and culture this rejoicing would have meant (what we would call) public celebration. The Living Room
  • 18. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven The world around, in Ephesus, Phillipi, Corinth and elsewhere used to organise great festivals, games and shows to celebrate their gods and their cities, not least the new 'god' Caesar himself. The Living Room
  • 19. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven Why shouldn't the followers of King Jesus celebrate exuberantly? It's only right; and celebrating Jesus as Lord encourages and strengthens loyalty and obedience to him. N.T. Wright The Living Room
  • 20. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven this ‘valley of tears,’ cursed with labour, hemmed round with necessities, tripped up with frustrations, doomed to perpetual plannings, puzzlings, and anxieties. C.S. Lewis The Living Room
  • 21. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, The Living Room
  • 22. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3: 17-19 The Living Room
  • 23. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven Though the fig tree does not bud What I expected to happen that would insure a secure future is just not there and there are no grapes on the vines, and for all my efforts of managing life The Livinghas come to bear fruit nothing Room
  • 24. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven though the olive crop fails that what I relied on and put my hope in to soothe my open wounds has failed and the fields produce no food, that I am looking at starvation and The Living Room square in the face emptiness
  • 25. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven though there are no sheep in the pen that I have lost all tangible resources I could trade off and no cattle in the stalls, that all my wealth, status, security is gone The Living Room
  • 26. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven yet I will rejoice in the Lord, Yet even in this I will make a conscious choice to rejoice. I’m not putting a ‘happy face’ mask on and pretending problems don't exist, I am choosing to go deeper and trust. The Living Room
  • 27. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven I will be joyful in God my Savior. I know that God is my Saviour. That what I am experiencing now does not alter in any way God’s eternal love and commitment to me. Nothing can separate me from God’s love The Living Room
  • 28. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven The Sovereign Lord is my strength; I find my strength not in self sufficiency, demanding things go my way, but in the sufficiency of God to lead me through the problems, the ‘valley of tears’ The Living Room
  • 29. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, Look what he is doing in me! I am finding a new ability to stand, to be nimble, to jump. The Living Room
  • 30. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven he enables me to tread on the heights. I have not been disabled by the ‘valley of tears’, rather God has enabled me. I have a steadiness within me, a confidence, a hope to see a far off land where I will be with them (Father, Son, Spirit) forever. Valleys to walk The through yes, but a steady hand beside. Living Room
  • 31. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven How do you develop the type of joy described by Habakkuk. 1. Realise it is a by product of a life lived fully for God. The Living Room
  • 32. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others [Love], exuberance about life[Joy], serenity [Peace]. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. The Living Room 24 Galatians 5:22,
  • 33. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven 2. Don’t scorn or look down on others Joy. The Living Room
  • 34. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven 3. Sit and listen to the stories of those who have been through the ‘valley of tears’ and yet have a beautiful sense of deep Joy. Learn from them. The Living Room
  • 35. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven RVBC is known as • A community of people that have a deep ‘below the surface’ current of joy. The Living Room
  • 36. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven RVBC is known as • A community where people can safely be both real in their struggles and deep in their faith. The Living Room
  • 37. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven RVBC is known as • A community where ‘old’ and ‘young’ share life and wisdom together. The Living Room
  • 38. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven RVBC is known as • A community of groups, from 2 -10 where people gather together regularly for mutual spiritual formation and support. The Living Room
  • 39. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven RVBC is known as • A community that because it exists the aroma of Christ wafts gently into every area of our local society and indeed our world. (If RVBC wasn’t here would we be missed?) The Living Room
  • 40. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. The Living Room

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