Friedrich Schiller's poem Ode to Joy was written in 1785. It is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony. Here is a link to the version shown in worship.
“The trouble with a lot of people is, they have just enough religion to make them miserable. If there’s no joy in your religion, then you’ve got a leak somewhere.” —Billy Sunday. Follow link to Wikipedia article.
The letter to the Philippians was written by Paul around 61 or 62 AD during his house arrest in Rome (see Acts 21:27-Acts 28). Being under "house arrest", Paul was chained to a Roman soldier 24 hours a day, but was free to receive visitors and write (Acts 28:17-31). The guard was changed every 6 hours, which gave Paul an excellent opportunity to share his faith with many different guards. During this time Paul wrote the prison epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. —Melanie Newton, ABCs of Philippians.
Paul’s imprisonments had a huge impact on others, including us today. He led his captors to Christ, his emissaries like Timothy and Titus multiplied his ministry, he had extended opportunity for prayer, and time to write his so-called "prison epistles" (Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon).
Negative-thinking robs us of joy— We need to replace it!
François de Sales
“The evil one is pleased with sadness and melancholy because he himself is sad and melancholy, and will be so for all eternity. Hence, he desires that everyone should be like himself.” –Francois de Sales, Introduction to a Devout and Holy Life
A Stanford Research Institute study shows that over 85% of people’s success can be traced to their positive attitudes, while less than 15% comes from their aptitude, knowledge, or skills. What can you do if your mind is weighed down by negative attitudes that limit your success? You can change your attitudes, with God’s help. Here are some suggestions…