One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated apostles... (Luke 6:12-13)

Anyone who has read any part of the New Testament has encountered the word apostle at some point. Most people, like me, during their first glance of this word probably did not understand its true meaning and significance. Just what actually is an apostle? What does an apostle do? Are they active in the church today? How can we recognize a true apostle from a false one? Before any of these questions can be answered one must go back into history to see the initial intent and the meaning of the word. An apostle is one who was (and is today):

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The Bible has much to say about joy, laughter, rejoicing, and enjoyment of life.

God wants His children to lead fulfilling and robust lives in accordance with His will.

Hopefully, the following bible verses about joy will help to lift your spirits while we endure the trials and tribulations of this world in eager anticipation of His Coming Kingdom!

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"'Leave her alone,' said Jesus. 'Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.'"

In today's passage a woman broke her alabaster jar of perfume and poured it on Jesus. The disciples saw this woman's action and rebuked the woman harshly. But Jesus praised her action as a beautiful thing done to him. He blessed it to be an event that should be remembered in his gospel history. This woman's act of devotion and giving to Jesus was a prelude of what Jesus would do for all mankind. Each of us also has our own alabaster jar of perfume. Let's learn today what we must do with it.

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