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The One Article You Can’t Afford Not to Read: Joy Warrior Kay Warren Asks, “Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards”

It was never the title she would have chosen for her op-ed in Christianity Today. The titling alone created an uproar.

People who misunderstood.

People who never read the rich, insightful piece.

People who dolloped criticism rather than compassion.

Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards” isn’t opposed to Christmas cards at all. In fact, my fellow joy warrior, is quite supportive of them. Tucked into her tender, well-written post resides a message that none of us can afford to miss this holiday season. Continue Reading...

Rabbi Evan Moffic is the spiritual leader of Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago. He blogs at www.rabbi.me and the Huffington Post. Author of Wisdom for People of All Faiths, his next book What Every Christian Needs to Know about Passoveris available February 2015 from Abingdon Press.

3 Ways Christians Can Celebrate Hanukkah

by Rabbi Evan Moffic

Two thousand years ago a small group of pious Jews proved might does not always make right, and miracles can happen. That group—known as the Maccabees—became part of Jewish tradition, and we celebrate their story every year on the holiday of Hanukkah.

Christians may know about Hanukkah simply by its proximity to Christmas. It’s the other big December holiday with lights and presents. Yet, Hanukkah contains deep spiritual messages, and ones meaningful not only for Jews.

As a rabbi who writes about Jewish wisdom for Christians, I have seen the ways these messages can resonate and enrich our experience of faith, holidays and one another. Here are three of them: Continue Reading...

What to Do When You Become the Person Others Whisper About

Sitting in my office, I can hear the soft, rustling sounds emerging from a nearby room. My beloved husband, Leif, and our stellar office manager, Jessica, speaking in hushed tones.

Though I can’t hear specific words, I know what they are whispering about… Continue Reading...

When Your Joy Runs Dry

marg6077 —  December 3, 2014 — 3 Comments

When Your Joy Runs Dry

Much of the teaching I’ve heard on joy over the years is oversimplified.

I remember those days in Sunday school learning that JOY is spelled Jesus, Others, Yourself. While that made perfect sense when I was 9, I’ve seen how distorted that can become as an adult.

I watch as friends who love Jesus, spend so much time pouring into their kids, grand-kids and others that their joy looks something like this: Continue Reading...

The Bible Study You've Been Waiting For—Be the First to See Fight Back With Joy
It's finally here.

I had been studying joy for a year. Putting the finishing touches on book about joy—just two weeks from turning it into the publisher—when I received the diagnosis. I had been pursuing and activating joy in my life in the relatively good times, now I had to do it in the midst of darkness, depression, and torturous pain.

Through the process, I’ve discovered that breadth, depth, and power of joy—that despite hundreds of sermons and many decades in the church—no one had told me of before. 

For the last year, I've been working on a 6-session DVD Bible study with LifeWay that captures what I've been discovering about God and the Scripture through the toughest battle of my life. Everyone who has faced a challenge, or who knows someone in the midst, needs a to know that suffering doesn’t win. Joy wins.

My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be beacon for anyone searching for HOW to fight darkness.
My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be a beacon for anyone ABOUT to face a battle.
My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be a beacon for anyone IN the fight of their lives.
My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be a beacon for anyone who has crawled THROUGH the trenches.

Sooner or later, we all find ourselves on the battlefield. But we can fight back with joy and help others do the same.

Here is an exclusive first look at the Bible study that releases January 6. Pre-order today for special bonuses:

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