How to Rejoice Always!

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Here is the podcast I mentioned about Aaron Kennard from the Smart and Simple Matters Podcast.

The Scripture:

Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.  Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other. Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful.  Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.  Do not scoff at prophecies,  but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.  Stay away from every kind of evil. Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.  God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us. Greet all the brothers and sisters with a sacred kiss. I command you in the name of the Lord to read this letter to all the brothers and sisters. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God and keep the vows you made to the Most High.” Psalm 50:14

“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me; if you keep to my path I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23

 

What We do:

 

  • Honor
  • Show
  • Live
  • Warn
  • Encourage
  • Take tender care
  • Be patient
  • Do good
  • Be joyful
  • Be thankful
  • Test
  • Hold on
  • Stay away
  • Pray
  • Greet
  • Read

 

What we don’t do:

 

  • Pay back
  • Stop praying
  • Stifle
  • Scoff

 

What God does:

 

  • Brings peace
  • Makes you holy
  • Makes spirit, body and soul blameless
  • Makes things happen in your spiritual life
  • Is faithful to you
  • Gives grace through Jesus Christ