Randy Alcorn's Blog: joy

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).

All Men Seek Happiness

By Randy Alcorn | May 27, 2013
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

By Randy Alcorn | March 1, 2013
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

By Randy Alcorn | November 21, 2012
The person who gives thanks learns to be thankful. And the thankful person is a happy person.

Homosexuality and Happiness

By Randy Alcorn | June 27, 2012
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.