God created us with the purpose of giving us joy. As Lehi has spent the whole chapter explaining, in order for us to have real joy we must 1 be able to choose for ourselves and 2 have a sense of what it means to have pain.
This scripture is always one I love to read when I am feeling down because it reminds me that God wants me to be happy and that if I remain faithful through my trials I will eventually have great joy. Today I am going to write a list in my journal of the blessings that God has given me that give me the greatest joy.
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I thought all that painful stuff was a crucial part of the plan? I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world John , KJV. They stirred emotions, brought back memories, boosted morale, and gave a needed reminder that there was still good in the world. I also began to see how this interpretation was not far off from the way the scriptures, prophets, and apostles talked about joy. The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,.
Notify me of new posts via email. Then one day, during a sacrament meeting at my local YSA ward, I was introduced to a whole other way of interpreting this increasingly-applicable scripture.
The young lady giving the talk was one of my close friends, and she had a spirit that I quite admired. She paused after reading this scripture, and looked out at the audience. I perked up, listening more intently. She continued. But He did provide us with this mortal experience, and, despite all the trials we may endure during our lifetime, it is a time to experience true joy. The key is: we have to choose it.
THIS is why Adam fell.
12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there 25Adamfell that men might be; and menare, that they might havejoy. Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. – 2 Nephi 2: When I learned this scripture in seminary, I really did not see how it applied.
He did not fall so that we would automatically be joyful. He fell so that we would have the choice to choose joy or to choose misery. This was a startling, yet incredibly simple revelation. The Spirit burned within me, telling me that what I heard was true.
It then turns to the central part of Philippians 4, in which Paul details his thanks to the Philippians and writes about his contentment in Christ. Sam the Turtle wants Jesus to make him an Olympic pole vaulter. He can go through all these struggles because of Christ who gives him strength. Phil and friends begin to close out their look at Philippians in this next-to-last lesson. We should never be afraid to help someone else, because God will take care of us! Phil, Emily, Sam, and Carlo finish the book of Philippians in this final lesson.
This is a Phil Vischer production, so you know that the presentation is spot-on. The animation is simple and engaging; the characters are enjoyable and witty. He perfectly blends in humor and even some Veggie Tales inside jokes and Star Wars references. Phil interacts and engages with the animated characters very well most of whom he also voices.
Each video lesson ends with three or four review questions that the teacher can read out and have the kids answer. These same questions are included in the printable study guide, which includes suggested answers.
It also provides a suggested application. For Toddlers Practice teaching your child about joy. For You Where do you look for joy? Does your child see Christ as your joy?
https://amovtorofi.tk How should your answer frame the way you approach this study of Philippians? The ICB is a translation from the original languages and not a paraphrase from English, which I appreciate. The ICB was translated to be at a third-grade level, which is appropriate for the target audience here. Learn more about the ICB here.
Phil Vischer made his name by using animation to teach the Bible to kids and this series only continues that legacy. While I have my quibbles with some of things omitted, what Phil teaches, he teaches well. This series is meant for preschool to early elementary, but I found myself really being engaged with the content as well. Of course, I also watch VeggieTales for fun.