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    Joy Flows from the Holy Spirit

    By Susan Aken

    "You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 1:6

    Joy can seem out of reach, like an impossible dream, especially when we're surrounded by threats, hatred, and fear. When I focus on what's happening in the world or spend too much time scrolling on social media, that's how I feel.

    Early Christians often faced persecution. Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, was one of the first missionaries. The former persecutor of Christians dedicated his life to preaching salvation. On one of these missionary journeys, he went to Thessalonica. (Acts 9; Acts 17)

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