The Joy Killers (1 of 8) by Jerry Vines

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The Joy Killers (1 of 8)
Journey Into Joy
Jerry Vines
Philippians 1:1 - 2

My words this morning will be especially directed
toward our high school seniors. I want to give you
something that hopefully will stay with you and when
you are down the road, you will look back and say,
"What did our pastor say to us?" And you will
remember some of the things I say this morning and it
will be helpful to you in your journey into joy.

In the letters of the New Testament we find them
organized exactly and formatted in the same way of
letters of that particular time. When we write a
letter we say, dear Molly. Then we give the body of
the letter and then we say, yours truly, Sam. But in
the New Testament day they would start in a different
manner. They would let you know right up front who the
authored of the letter is and then they would let you
know to whom the letter is addressed.

So, this letter begins: "Paul and Timothy, the
servants of Jesus Christ." That's the author. Then he
tells us who the reader is. "To all the saints in
Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops
and the deacons." That's the leaders of the church.

In verse 2 he says, "Grace be unto you and peace from
God our father and from the Lord Jesus Christ."

You hold in your hands a vast library of 66 books.
Perhaps your parents put that book in your hand when
you were very small. Or maybe the church you attended
gave you a copy of the Bible as you were beginning
along the way. As you know, it is one book and yet it
is really 66 books - a vast library.

In this book you will find the answers to the crucial
questions of life. For instance, if you want to know
who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? You
can find the answers to those questions in the first
book of the Bible - the book of Genesis. Or perhaps you
would like to know where am I going? Where is it all
going to end? What will be the complet ...

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