Grumbling Antidote #1: Thankfulness

Yesterday, we officially kicked off NO GRUMBLING WEEK 2017 here on GUWG.

We started off with a pair of Bible verses that make it clear that grumbling, whining and complaining are bad things. We then issued a challenge: we asked all of our grumble-prone readers to (1) pinch themselves every time they feel a grumble coming on and instead (2) recite one of the verses.

SPIRIT WEEK: Joy

It’s SPIRIT WEEK 2017 here on GUWG. For the next few days, we’ll be taking a closer look at each fruit of the Spirit.

Today’s featured fruit: JOY.

What exactly is joy? Joy isn’t an emotion. It isn’t happiness. It isn’t pleasure. It’s waaaaay deeper than that.

Joy comes from God. It’s available 24/7, no matter the circumstances.

Jesus’ First Miracle

We continue our 40-day journey deeeep into the of Jesus.

Here we discussed Jesus’ first words. Today’s topic: Jesus’ first miracle.

Jesus, his mom and the disciples were invited to a wedding. Weddings were an even bigger production back then, lasting up to an entire week.

The drama starts:

Rejoice! Repeat.

Rejoice in the Lord always!
I will say it again, rejoice!
(Philippians 4:4)

Today’s verse is pretty simple.

What are we supposed to do?

Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.
Rejoice! Repeat.

When are we supposed to do it?

Always!

REJOICE!

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Joy to the World!

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

As I sat down to write this post, I felt a combination of fear, dread and grumbliness. The (admittedly lame) reason? I suddenly realized that I have approximately 2,894,327 days’ worth of work to finish before the end of the year.

God wants to replace our fear, dread and grumbles with JOY. Here’s what the angel said to the shepherds when he announced Jesus’ birth:

Jesus on Joy

joyWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING, where we’re looking at what Jesus said on a wide variety of subjects with a minimum of commentary from me.

Today’s topic? JESUS ON JOY:

Rejoice When Persecuted

GUWGCrossWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

Jesus said that “all the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments”:

  1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

(Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-34)

We’re in the midst of reviewing 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus that show what it reeeeeally means to love God and others. Here’s today’s featured command: