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#1379 Fri Jan 03, 2003 8:12 AM
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PIlgrim,

I tried to do an archive search for articles on the subject of Joy. The result was that a notice came up saying that the page I am looking for does not exist. Obviously I did something wrong.

Can you suggest some good articles by Puritan or other Reformed authors on the subject of Joy? Thanks!



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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr>[color:"blue"]I tried to do an archive search for articles on the subject of Joy. The result was that a notice came up saying that the page I am looking for does not exist. Obviously I did something wrong.</font><hr></blockquote><p>First of all I really need to know WHERE you did this search?<ul>[*]this Discussion Board?</li>[*]The Highway website?</li>[*]Theology Forum Archives? (old ones, not located here)</li>[/LIST]Once I know the answer to this then I can much better help you find what you are looking for, D.v. [img]http://www.the-highway.com/w3timages/icons/grin.gif" alt="grin" title="grin[/img]<br>


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It was in the theology forum archives. But I think it must have been a bit of a glitch now, since I have tried again. I subsequently got about 1700 hits, but they were mostly the word 'joy' embedded in the word 'ENjoy". I also tried doing the word 'joy' minus 'enjoy', but then got no hits.<br><br>Sorry. I'm hopeless with this sort of thing. It's a miracle I'm online at all!


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Okay..... "Theology Forum Archives" means to me that you were using the website's "Search Engine", right? And in the Search in field, you chose "Theology Forum Archives" from the drop down menu?<br><br>To limit the search to just the word "joy" or to force the search engine to search for an EXACT phrase, always include your search word/phrase in "quotes". [img]http://www.the-highway.com/w3timages/icons/grin.gif" alt="grin" title="grin[/img] Doing this, using the Advanced Search, I got 16 hits with 291 total matches. Admittedly, some included "enjoy" in the results. But mostly it was for "joy". Also, in case you missed it, these old Archived files are [color:red]VERY</font color=red> large.... most in excess of 1 meg. So, they take quite a bit longer to load, especially if you are on a dialup connection. [img]http://www.the-highway.com/w3timages/icons/grin.gif" alt="grin" title="grin[/img]<br><br>Doing the same search but using "Main Highway" for the Search in category, I got 445 Files with 1780 total matches. So there is quite a number of possible articles that you could choose from.<br><br>Let me know if I can be of any further help with this, even if it is concerning how to use the Search Engine utility itself. [Linked Image]<br><br>


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OK, what I had done was search the Highway, not tthe theology forum archives. I put the word "joy" in and got a reasonable bunch of articles. However, what I was looking for was more or less an exposition on that fruit of the Spirit. In the end, what I did was type in "fruit of the Spirit" and got a relevant, but more general article by Archibald Alexander. I also went over to the Bible Bulletin Board and found a good article by Spurgeon, "Joy, A Duty".<br><br>All of this comes from a desire to understand more about grace, and joy in particular. While I can always take joy in my election and salvation, as Mr. Spurgeon encourages, I'm not very good at showing it through a quiet spirit. In fact, I think increasingly that I have a problem with anger and discontent. God has pricked my conscience through 2 Corinthians 1:12. Repentance is a messy process of losing the road, finding oneself in mud, finding a way to slog out, and then trying to remember which way the road was going, all with one's shoes filled and crusted with the earth's muck..<br><br>o well, thanks for the help!<br><br>


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Eleanor,<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr>[color:"blue"]In fact, I think increasingly that I have a problem with anger and discontent. God has pricked my conscience through 2 Corinthians 1:12. Repentance is a messy process of losing the road, finding oneself in mud, finding a way to slog out, and then trying to remember which way the road was going, all with one's shoes filled and crusted with the earth's muck..</font><hr></blockquote><p><br>This hymn is quoted in Packer's book Knowing God in the chapter These Inward Trials. The words are by John Newton. Yes, we are prone to sin, but we know who we can to go to for strength in our weaknesses and we know where where we can go to be made clean again. [img]http://www.the-highway.com/w3timages/icons/smile.gif" alt="smile" title="smile[/img]<br>Susan<br><br><center>I asked the Lord that I might grow<br>In faith, and love, and every grace;<br>Might more of His salvation know,<br>And seek, more earnestly, His face.<br><br>’Twas He who taught me thus to pray,<br>And He, I trust, has answered prayer!<br>But it has been in such a way,<br>As almost drove me to despair.<br><br>I hoped that in some favored hour,<br>At once He’d answer my request;<br>And by His love’s constraining pow’r,<br>Subdue my sins, and give me rest.<br><br>Instead of this, He made me feel<br>The hidden evils of my heart;<br>And let the angry pow’rs of hell<br>Assault my soul in every part.<br><br>Yea more, with His own hand He seemed<br>Intent to aggravate my woe;<br>Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,<br>Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.<br><br>Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,<br>Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?<br>“’Tis in this way, the Lord replied,<br>I answer prayer for grace and faith.<br><br>These inward trials I employ,<br>From self, and pride, to set thee free;<br>And break thy schemes of earthly joy,<br>That thou may’st find thy all in Me.”</center><br><br><br><br><br>

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Wow, beautiful....thanks! I'll have to print that out.


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