FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Good Friday: The Joy Set Before Him

with Ron Deal | March 29, 2024
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Have you ever faced a great trial in your life…with joy?

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  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

Have you ever faced a great trial in your life…with joy?

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Good Friday: The Joy Set Before Him

With Ron Deal
March 29, 2024
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Ron: Have you ever faced a great trial in your life…with joy?

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: There was a day when my wife and I walked into a room with doctors who told us that our 12-year-old son was about to die. I can assure you I did not face that moment with joy. The writer of Hebrews in the Bible says to look to Jesus, “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross…” I want to know where was the joy in enduring the cross?

This Good Friday, let’s remember that Jesus looked past his suffering to the day when he would be glorified at his Father’s side—and the path for you and me to his side would be complete. His joy is in having you near. Worship and praise him.

For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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