Randy Alcorn's Blog: joy

Giving Brings Happiness, During Thanksgiving, Christmas and All Year Long

By Randy Alcorn | November 27, 2015
It might surprise you to learn that secular studies are emphatic in their assertion that giving makes people happier. Most of the people who conduct these studies don’t realize they’re agreeing with Jesus, who said: “It is more blessed [makarios: happy-making] to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

The Joy and Happiness of Giving Thanks in Every Circumstance

By Randy Alcorn | November 25, 2015
Whether we find ourselves having reason to celebrate or to mourn, there’s never a time not to express our gratitude to God. Psalm 140:13 declares, “Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name.” Giving thanks is what God’s people do.

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.