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Happiness or Joy… or Both?

Happiness or Joy… or Both?

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

A Glimpse into an African Ordination

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

Hearts, Habits & Happiness

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

The Words We Long to Hear

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).

 
Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and the Joy of Giving

Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and the Joy of Giving

Giving is doing what we were made for: loving God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:36–40). It is a blessed act that leads to joy. 

All Men Seek Happiness

All Men Seek Happiness

Blaise Pascal wrote this, and I think it’s very insightful: "All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end."

Seeking Our Happiness in God

Seeking Our Happiness in God

Scripture makes it clear that God is the ultimate source of happiness. Our problem is when we start seeking happiness in things that are secondary instead of primary.

 
Giving Thanks Brings Happiness

Giving Thanks Brings Happiness

The person who gives thanks learns to be thankful. And the thankful person is a happy person.

 
Homosexuality and Happiness

Homosexuality and Happiness

Tony Reinke, a young evangelical thinker who I know and deeply appreciate, has written what I think is an excellent piece on homosexuality, idolatry and happiness.

How pleased will God be to have us with Him in Heaven?

How pleased will God be to have us with Him in Heaven?

As I’ve often said, A. W. Tozer is one of my favorite all-time authors. I love what he says here, and what I also love is that elsewhere He affirms God’s holiness, justice and wrath in uncompromising ways, then gives us this beautiful depiction of God’s love for His children, and His delight in us

 

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