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Fragrance of Christ

Dear Friends,

Did you ever notice how a particular fragrance can be imprinted in your memory? I could have been blind folded and led into my mother’s apartment, and I would have instantly known where I was. And, of course, I remember the fragrance of Bev’s perfume when I first met my wife 42 years ago. Not long ago, I spent two hours in Starbucks meeting with a friend, and when I returned home, I smelled just like Starbucks!

Paul wrote, “For we are the fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma of life to life” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16).

Think about the last part of that passage: “An aroma of life to life.” Jesus told us, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Unlike those who not know Christ as their Savior, followers of Christ have a choice. We can live our lives submitted to the Lord allowing Christ to live His aroma of life through Continue reading Fragrance of Christ

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Joy and Happiness

“The less I spent on myself and the more I gave to others, the fuller of happiness and blessing did my soul become.”

 -Hudson Taylor

As I’ve been talking with folks throughout the last several months there is usually one of several topics that come up; the economy, the stock market, the unemployment rate or the national debt. If I were to describe the feelings and emotions of the people I have talked to the words joy & happiness probably would not be used.

As a follower of Jesus I know through John 10:10 that Jesus comes to give life and life to the fullest and that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. When my joy and happiness is regulated by the economy, the stock market, the national debt, etc then I am letting the thief “win”. We should always be aware of what is going on in our world and country but that awareness shouldn’t dictate how we feel throughout our daily lives- our relationship with Jesus should dictate that.

There are many ways to spiritually combat “the things that steal, kill and destroy”; being in Christian community and being in God’s word on a regular basis are two examples. As I came across Hudson Taylor’s quote this morning I found another one- focusing less on me and giving more to the needs of others. Through my giving journey I have always experienced joy but until now I had never thought of it as a way to combat the “thief”. What a great and practical way to experience the joy of the one who gives us life to the fullest!

I pray that if you are struggling to find joy and happiness in your life that you will look to Jesus- the one who created joy, created happiness and is the giver of fullness of life.

God Bless, Kyle

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Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way.