Randy Alcorn's Blog: joy

The Joy of Forgiveness

By Randy Alcorn | November 16, 2015
I heard Corrie ten Boom talk once of meeting a sadistically cruel guard from the death camp Ravensbrück, where she'd been a prisoner. As you read her account of this meeting, marvel at the Messiah's grace, and His empowerment to His people to extend that grace to others.

Is There a Difference Between Happiness and Joy?

By Randy Alcorn | November 11, 2015
There’s a long rich, history of equating joy with happiness in Christ. In stark contrast to believers prior to the twentieth century, many modern Christians have portrayed happiness as, at best, inferior to joy and, at worst, evil. 

Seeking to Be Happy in Christ: My Interview with Bible Gateway

By Randy Alcorn | November 4, 2015
If we say the gospel won’t bring happiness, any perceptive listener should respond, “Then how is it good news?” We need to reverse the trend. Let’s redeem the word “happiness” in light of both Scripture and church history. Our message shouldn’t be “Don’t seek happiness,” but “You’ll find in Jesus the happiness you’ve always longed for.”

Why We Don't Need to Choose Between Happiness and Holiness

By Randy Alcorn | October 30, 2015
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.

Experiencing Joy in Times of Discouragement

By Randy Alcorn | August 21, 2015
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.”

Happiness or Joy… or Both?

By Randy Alcorn | June 22, 2015
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.)

A Glimpse into an African Ordination

By Randy Alcorn | March 11, 2015
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.

Hearts, Habits & Happiness

By Kathy Norquist | November 14, 2014
Last weekend I attended the three sessions of Randy’s Q & A on the joy of giving at Good Shepherd Community Church.

The Words We Long to Hear

By Randy Alcorn | June 6, 2014
Jesus tells us that one day His faithful servants will hear their Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23, ESV).