As a young pastor, I preached, as others still do, “God calls us to holiness, not happiness.” It all sounded so spiritual, and I could quote countless authors and preachers who agreed with me. I’m now convinced we were all dead wrong.
Recently I was a guest on Pastor Greg Laurie’s program, A New Beginning, talking about the subject of happiness. I have a great appreciation for Greg, a good brother and a friend with a real heart for Christ and for people.
Like many of you, I periodically experience times of discouragement. During these times, I fight it by engaging in self-talk similar to Psalm 116:7—“Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”
In this three-minute video, I talk about the artificial distinction made by many Bible-believing Christians between happiness and joy. (I address this in my book Happiness, which will release this October.)
My friend Garry Friesen was a member of the Bible College faculty at Multnomah University for 37 years. He is now in his second “dream job”, teaching at Africa College of Theology (ACT) in Kigali, Rwanda.
Randy Alcorn, Julia (Stager) Mayo
| September 16, 2013
That’s a great question. I think there’s a couple of different strategies.
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