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Scripture References
  • These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11 NKJV)
  • Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NKJV)
  • And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 NKJV)
  • We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed... (2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NKJV)
  • ...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1a-2 NKJV)
  • Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:12-14 NKJV)
  • My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials... (James 1:2 NKJV )
  • ...rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer... (Romans 12:12 NKJV)
  • ...show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV)
  • For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14 NKJV)
  • Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NKJV)
  • Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 NKJV)
  • Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)
  • The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8 NKJV)
  • And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! (2 Timothy 4:18 NKJV)
  • These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13 NKJV)
  • Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:1-4 NKJV)
Commentary
  • "Hope elevates, and joy brightens his crest. -- John Milton (1608 - 1674) English writer. Satan speaking of Adam. Paradise Lost
  • "It is hope that maintains most of mankind." -- Sophocles (496? - 406 BC) Greek playwright. Fragments
  • "Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate." -- G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936) British writer and poet. Heretics
  • "Boldness is the fruit of hope." Anonymous Philippine proverb.
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PRAISE FOR JOY - from Dave's Watch

  • ”Simply wonderful and filled with truth. I'm not easily moved, but I sense an important work here.” -- Chuck Winters – Pastor of Cedar Heights Baptist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • “Beyond happiness, David Young will take you on a journey to joy – a wellspring of spiritual vitality and blessing only possible through God’s grace-filled intervention in your life. Joy is the amazing response God enables in every circumstance – including the most troubling, painful difficulties you endure.” -- Dr. Jeff Iorg – President Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • "Although this is a book on joy, David Young directly confronts the age old dilemma: why must we suffer so? With statements such as “One of the most astounding characteristics of the joy of the Lord is that it flows out of tragedy” he gives us God’s perspective on suffering. I was greatly helped by this book which served as a timely reminder that, in this life, there will be many opportunities to learn to lay earthly treasures at Jesus’ feet, and experience true joy, even with a broken heart. This highly readable book can serve as a lamp shining a path through the darkest storm." -- Toni Singleton – Pastor’s wife and Christian Counselor
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