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12 December 2012

Sermon: Advent Midweek (Psalm 47)

12 December AD 2012

Title: Pure Joy (MP3 Audio)

Summary: Is it better to be happy or joyful? Happiness is dependent upon our own circumstances and emotional control but joy comes from God and results from being right with Him. That’s why Jesus could endure the cross “for the joy that was set before Him. (Hebrews 12:2)” That’s why the Christian can “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)”

Shout for Joy
Text: Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!

God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted! Psalm 47

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Pure Joy, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Isaiah 11:1-5; Luke 1:39-55

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