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Joy Stealers (Nehemiah 8:9-12)Tommy Boring, April 30, 2017
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
There is nothing greater than when God speaks. Do you know what it's like to have God speak to you? Our birth right or ancestry does not give us the right for God to speak to us. We should all be broken, humble before God. The joy of the Lord is our strength. There are a lot of thing in this world that will steal your joy. Some are weak from the weight of sin, the burdens of life but you need to find your strength. How many times have we been stolen from to the point that it starts affecting our testimony? So you've never felt this powerful joy, then you must look at the condition of your soul. What produces joy? The word of God as it declares that we are more than conquerors thru Christ. The Bible is truth and can never be wrong. It's the living word of the Living God. We try all things trying to get some sort of help. Some folks don't even carry their bible and don't even read it. It's like being in a marching band but never practicing or bringing the instrument. Obedience is also a joy bringer. God will deliver you if you just do what He says to do, John 15:10-11. 1 Peter 1:8 Our faith in the Word is also a joy builder. Do people look at you and think that you're unhappy or depressed? Do you find yourself wanting to be depressed, unhappy, miserable or angry? So if you've gotten out of control and missed the first three, then you've got to repent. If you've lost the joy of your foundation then you've lived contrary to Gods word. How can you be happy and joyful when God doesn't hear you? Obey, believe, study and repent in order to have joy unspeakable.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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9And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. 10Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. 11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. 12And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. (KJV)