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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Joylessness of Christlessness

The land that once produced the puritans, the Wesley's, Whitfield, Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones and other colossal names in Christian circles has lost her joy. The referenced report is an interesting read, especially when one considers that Great Britain is a country given to the application of modern liberalism, where once she was the propagator of the gospel to the world. This secularized country now faces the results of Christlessness: joylessness. "Money worries, relationship woes and even political concerns were among the reasons given for the collection of grim faces, according to the data, collected for the cruise company Ocean Village." Rather than examining the ramifications of Britain's social issues, the group researching England's joy attributed their sorrow to: "Factors such as weather, time of day and age, were all cited as being able to spark the blues." What about England's measured move away from the Bible, the gospel and the Lordship of Christ? While no secular survey would turn up such causes to unhappiness, it should come as no surprise to those who know the strength of the joy of the Lord. "Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4. "I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches." Psalm 119:14 "I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart." Psalm 119:111 "I rejoice at Your word, as one who finds great spoil." Psalm 119:162 "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!" Philippians 4:4

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