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The Journey of Joy


Series: Following Jesus

Category: podcast

Speaker: Andrew VanderMaas

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On this episode of Following Jesus with Christ Church, pastors Andrew and Addison talk with long time member Dan Denk. Dan is working on a book project and took some time to discuss the content of that book, Christian joy, with us.


“Rather, joy is a steady disposition about life, very much connected to peace and hope. We might say that joy is a hopeful and peaceful outlook on life, a deep-seated sense of well-being. Similar to love, joy is not self-serving, but others directed. Unlike happiness, it is not dependent upon circumstances or happenstance. We can experience joy even in times of trouble and hardship.For example, we might say about someone, “Mary has been through a lot, yet she is a deeply joyful Person.” - Dan Denk, pg 1

“I am on a journey of joy.” - Dan Denk, pg 4

Scripture Resources:

12 You will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided; the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. - Is 55:12

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! - Psalm 30:11-12

Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4


  • We would recommend that you read C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy as a great connection to this topic of Christian Joy. 
  • More resources from Christ Church COVID-19 Response page.

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