Uncommon Joy…Joy can seem illusive.  However, joy is the birthright of all who are born again.  This joy isn’t just a future inheritance in heaven; it’s God’s gift to us right now, right in the middle of life’s challenges and disappointments.  The joy of the believer is uncommon, because it isn’t rooted in circumstances or feelings.  It’s anchored in the presence of Christ and the unshakeable hope He brings.  As a prisoner locked in chains, Paul wrote words of undaunted joy, which have the power to rekindle our joy in the journey.

“There is a joy in the journey
There's a Light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey.” 
-- Michael Card

Teamwork (September 3-7)

“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (1:4-6).

Joy in the Faith (September 10-14)

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21).

Jesus is Lord (September 17-21)

“In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (2:3-4).

Shine Like Stars (September 24-28)

“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (2:12-13).

Face Forward (October 1-5)

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (3:13-14). 

Citizens of Heaven (October 8-12)

 “The surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (3:8).

Rejoice! (October 15-19)

“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (4:8).

October 28 (October 22-26)

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (4:13).