Episode #12 Steelers Give Me No JOY

Sep 12

Do you base you joy in things that change?  Try founding your joy on an unchanging firm foundation – God!

This Week in Church History

September 14, 407

John Chrysostom Died on Forced March – Dan Graves, MSL

Because he spoke out boldly against the sins of Constantinople, John the Patriarch of Constantinople found himself in exile in the Taurus mountains. Several of the elite had taken offense at his sermons which showed up their shame. Among them was the Empress Eudoxia, who pulled strings to get him banished.

The winter before his death, John suffered dreadfully in the mountains. No amount of wood on the fire and no pile of blankets on his bed kept his shivering body warm. Still he wrote strong letters to the people under his care. Trained as a lawyer, his letters and sermons were masterpieces of religious literature. Although he was absent from them, church folk continued to take direction from him.

To John’s enemies, his power still seemed to be too great, his presence still too close. Although he was old and frail, his health undermined by years of stern living, they decided to move him up by the Euxine (Black) Sea.

They promised a reward to the guards who transferred him. The reward would be increased according to how quickly they made the transfer. There could not have been much doubt in the soldiers’ minds that the court wanted John walked to death.

And so his guards showed him little mercy. Relentlessly they hurried his tottering legs forward. Movement was torture. Five miles beyond Camona in Pontus (now in Turkey) he spent his last night alive in a church dedicated to another martyr, Bishop Basiliscus.

That night, Basiliscus supposedly appeared to John in a dream, assuring him that on the morrow they would meet.

This Day in LDS Church History

120 years ago today – Sep 11, 1892 – [Source: Francis M. Lyman, Diary]

[In St. George, Utah, priesthood meeting:] I then occupied the time of the meeting upon our political situation. Declared the policy of the Presidency of the Church and showed why it was necessary to have some Republicans under a Republican administration. I taught the brethren they must not allow any bitterness in their hearts one towards another. I announced my love for my Democratic brethren the same as for my Republican brethren. I referred to the disappointment of Pres[ident] [Wilford] Woodruff on discovering that there was not influence enough with the Presidency and Twelve to put one Republican in the legislature. I felt the time would come when we would wish we were not so fanatically democratic. The attention given to my talk was all I could ask.

They took what I said in the proper spirit. Bro[ther] Ivins made explanation that no prejudice had been felt against Republicans. Spoke of the courtesy they had extended to them. They were solid from conviction and not from any undue pressure or influence. I then said if they were all Democrats and could not help it I had no fault to find and the Republicans would have to get along without any help from them.

Theological Quotes

William Barclay was an author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister, and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow.

Quote: “There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born and the day we discover why.”


Theological News

Judeo-Christian Mitt – Mark Silk | Sep 11, 2012 |
Like most Republican politicians, Mitt Romney readily invokes the “Judeo-Christian” as a source of America’s greatness. As in his speech May 12 at Liberty Baptist College: “Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition, with its vision of the goodness and possibilities of every life.”

But Sunday, on Meet the Press, Romney went a step farther and made it the source of his own higher calling.

“The Judeo-Christian ethics that I was brought up with, the– the– the sense of obligation to one’s fellowman, an– an absolute conviction that we are all sons and daughters of the same God and therefore in a– a human family is one of the reasons I am doing what I’m doing.”

“Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Freed: Iranian Pastor Sentenced To Death For Apostasy Reportedly Released” – The Huffington Post  |  By Meredith Bennett-Smith Posted: 09/08/2012 3:55 pm Updated: 09/08/2012 3:57 pm


Supporters of imprisoned Iranian Christian Youcef Nadarkhani began celebrating Saturday as news reports surfaced that the pastor had been released by Iranian officials, mere months after it appeared afinal execution order had been handed down.

Nadarkhani, 34 and a native Iranian, was found guilty in 2010 of apostasy and sentenced to death for refusing to recant Christianity. He has spent the last three years in jail awaiting his fate.

Bible Study Tech / Web Resources

David T says: There is a free podcast from Apologetics315 that has 117 audio lectures by Mr. Grudem as he works his way through his book.


Sojourn Definition: Joy comes from an everlasting relationship with God brokered by Jesus, regardless of circumstance.

FB Q: If Joy can come and go, did you really have it to begin with?

John MacArthur Quotes:

  • “We live in a sad world–a world of despair, depression, lack of fulfillment, and dissatisfaction. Man defines happiness as an attitude of satisfaction and delight based upon present circumstances. He relates happiness to happenings and happenstance. It is something that can’t be planned or programed.” – John MacArthur
  • “Biblical joy consists of the deep and abiding confidence that all is well regardless of circumstance and difficulty. It is something very different from worldly happiness. Biblical joy is always related to God and belongs only to those in Christ. It is the permanent possession of every believer–not a whimsical delight that comes and goes as chance offers it opportunity.” – John MacArthur

A Few Texts Where Joy is Sited

Deut. 16:15 You are to hold a seven-day festival for the LORD your God in the place He chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands,a and you will have abundant joy.

1Sam. 18:6   (after David killed Goliath) As the troops were coming back, when David was returning from killing the Philistine, the women came out from all the cities of Israel to meet King Saul, singing and dancing with tambourines, with shouts of joy, and with three-stringed instruments.

1Chr. 16:27 (Praising God after bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem) Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His place.

Ezra 6:16   Then the Israelites, including the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.

Neh. 8:17 The whole community that had returned from exile made booths and lived in them. They had not celebrated like this from the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day. And there was tremendous joy.

Neh. 12:43 (at the dedication of the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall) On that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy. The women and children also celebrated, and Jerusalem’s rejoicing was heard far away.

Job 20:5 the joy of the wicked has been brief and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?

Psa. 20:5 Let us shout for joy at your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God.  May Yahweh fulfill all your requests.

Psa. 32:11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Look to the Lord for you JOY

Psa. 34:5 Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.

Psa. 4:7-8 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and new wine abound.  I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, LORD, make me live in safety.

Psa. 16:11 You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.

The Source of Joy

  • Psalm 4:7-8–“Thou hast put gladness in my heart . . . for Thou alone, O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety.” Joy comes from God.
  • Psalm 16:11–“In Thy presence is fulness of joy.”


  1. Dave Teague /

    Twelfth Podcast on the
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  2. Dave Teague /

    To go along with your new series on Joy, I have a fairly new app for you this week from Desiring God, John Piper’s ministry.

    The app is called “Solid Joys” and is a small app that provides a daily devotional centered on excerpts from Dr. Piper’s long-time faithful ministry of being a pastor/teacher/author there at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota. The app is a simple one with a couple interface customizations available (light/dark background preference) as well as a way to mark certain day’s text as a ‘favorite’ for easy recall later and a way to send a day’s content to someone via email. Other than that, it is just a clean app with strong biblical content excerpted from Piper’s books.

    From the DesiringGod.org website:

    “Solid Joys is a free application available from Desiring God (for iPhone and iPad) which provides a short daily devotional excerpt from the ministry of John Piper.

    We’ve identified 365 of the best excerpts from Piper’s printed books and online content which are able to stand well on their own when removed from their original context, and we’ve made sure to keep the excerpts relatively short.

    The goal is that you’ll be able to dive in for just a moment each day and come away with something solid to feed your joy in God. It’s a fresh effort to apply the best of over 30 years of Piper’s teaching to your everyday life and satisfaction in Jesus.”

    As far as I know it is available only for iOS currently, but there is a promise of an Android version to come soon.

    iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/john-piper-daily-devotional/id553049864?mt=8

    Desiring God Link: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/new-devotional-app

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