Lost BUT Found (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17)

Lost BUT Found (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17)

Can you be lost, but found, at the same time?… I’m referring to being “lost” when left to our own devices yet being “found” because of God’s mercy to us through God’s Son Jesus Christ, and so “lost but found, AT THE SAME TIME.” I’m referring to an attitude where we live out each day like a sheep that has just wandered into a thicket, a coin that has just rolled behind a dresser, yet experiences the joy of its owner who celebrates upon finding it and holds it close.

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Countercultural Joy (Philippians 4:4-7)

Countercultural Joy (Philippians 4:4-7)

It really struck me this week as I was considering how joy works that there are so many images in our popular culture (especially from my favorite, classic Christmas films) that give us impressions of what true Christmas joy is. The trouble is…in some manner they all fall short of the mark.

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