Joy & Gladness Required!
"God threatens terrible things if we will not be happy," wrote Jeremy Taylor a few centuries ago. We recoil at the thought! "You mean God expects us to be happy? Isn't happiness defined by spontaneity? How can anyone, even God demand happiness?" That's exactly what God demands in Deuteronomy 28.47-48. Serving God with joy and gladness is essentially synonymous with thanksgiving. Listen in as Pastor Tim shows us from this text what God thinks is essential for a life of thanksgiving.