Joy in Dark Places

Joy in Dark Places


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The world is full of dark places that present obstacles to our joy. While people may instinctually turn to films, games, or social connections to brighten their day, Christians know they have a greater source of comfort and joy.  In Joy in Dark Places, Thomas Parr reminds us that the Bible speaks of glorious realities that the darkest days cannot destroy. Readers will see how moral evil, calamity, and even bad theology steal our happiness. More importantly, they will see how the light of the gospel dispels disquiet and brings profound joy instead.  

Table of Contents:  Joy and Obstacles to It 

 Joy despite God’s Judgments in the Earth 

 Law and Conviction Necessary for Joy 

 Joy despite Fears of Spiritual Deterioration 

 Joy from Empowerment and Even Chastening 

 Joy from the Bible’s “Works-Oriented” Statements 

 Joy in Renouncing All Forms of Legalism 

 Joy by Quieting Your Conscience in the Cross 

 To Have Joy You Must Have Faith 

 To Have Joy You Must Obey 

 Joy in God Incomprehensible 

 Joy and Problem People in the Church 

 Joy in Old Testament Promises to Israel 

 Joy at the Prospect of Growing Old and Dying 

 Biblical Joy versus Cheap Joy 

 Joy Even When Society Disintegrates 

Joy at the Last Judgment: Looking Forward to a Judgment of Our Works 

Conclusion: Our Joy and God’s Glory 

Thomas Parr (ThM, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is a Reformed Baptist pastor serving in Anacortes, Washington. He is a contributing editor to the Lexham Context Commentary and author of the volume on the Gospel of Mark in that series. 

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Dimensions 1 × 6 × 9 cm