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  • Happiness Vs. Joy

    Contributed by Mark Eberly on Dec 15, 2008

    HAPPINESS VS. JOY There is a pretty common belief that differentiates between happiness and joy. This is one that I believe. Happiness is based on circumstances. Expensive gifts and good food and parties and celebrations and Christmas lights can bring happiness. But they are only temporary. They ...read more

  • Rejoice

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Dec 16, 2008

    REJOICE I can recall a memorable moment many years ago when Susan and I were taking Kimberly, age 2, and her slightly younger cousin, Able, to church in the car. Kimberly was in a foul humor that morning, but her smily faced cousin decided it was time for a word of exhortation. Though he could ...read more

  • The Joy Of John 3:16  PRO

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Dec 19, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    The Joy of John 3:16 Max Lucado's thoughts: A twenty-six word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions. If you know ...read more

  • Dr. Wilt From The Joyful Noise Letter Dec. 2003 ...

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Dec 19, 2008

    Dr. Wilt from The Joyful Noise Letter Dec. 2003 edition stated: "What is joy? It is one of the most important things in the whole universe. C.S. Lewis called it 'The serious business of Heaven.' Joy marks the difference between existence and life. Its presence ...read more

  • There Was Once A Young Boy Who Went To Spend The ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 31, 2008

    There was once a young boy who went to spend the week with his grandfather on the farm. While walking around he noticed the chickens, they were scratching and playing around. The little lad said, "They ain't got it." Next he saw a colt in the field playing and kicking up its heels to which he ...read more

  • Christian Hedonism

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 31, 2008

    Christian Hedonism Charles Hodge argued that true knowledge of Christ includes delight in Christ. He said this knowledge "is not the apprehension of what He is, simply by intellect, but also involves, not merely as a consequence but as one of its elements, the corresponding feeling of adoration, ...read more

  • Living And Waiting To Live

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 31, 2008

    LIVING AND WAITING TO LIVE Most of us tend to think that happiness is just around the corner. JOY will come one of these days--when things get better...when we finally get out of school...or get a better job...or get married...or get our kids raised and out of the house...or after we get that ...read more

  • The Joy Of Salvation  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 7, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    THE JOY OF SALVATION The late great English Congregationalist clergyman and church leader, Robert William Dale (1829-1895), once wrote: "We do not please God more by eating bitter aloes than by eating honey. A cloudy, foggy, rainy day is not more heavenly than a day of sunshine. A funeral ...read more

  • Eusebius Of The Third Century Said, "A Vast ...

    Contributed by Dave Kinney on Jan 24, 2009

    Eusebius of the third century said, "A vast multitude was imprisoned in every place. The prisons--prepared for murderers and robbers--were filled with spirited bishops, joyful pastors, and happy ...read more

  • Skating, Not Sliding

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 11, 2009

    SKATING, NOT SLIDING I enjoyed a Charles Schultz cartoon that showed Snoopy sliding along the frozen pond on his little bare paws. He’s havin’ a great time. He’s smiling and has his little skullcap on. Lucy walks up and slides out onto the pond with her skates on, and Snoopy doing a little ...read more

  • Happiness And Religion

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009

    HAPPINESS AND RELIGION 45% of people who consider themselves very religious consider themselves very happy. Just 28% of people who consider themselves not religious also consider themselves very happy. 29% of people ...read more

  • Song Above The Noise  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
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    SONG ABOVE THE NOISE A man said: While walking along a busy street one day, I heard someone singing. His sweet voice was distinguishable even above the noise of the traffic. When I located him, I noticed that he had no legs and was pushing himself through the crowd in a wheelchair. Catching ...read more

  • Is God In Residence?

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Feb 27, 2009

    IS GOD IN RESIDENCE? I once saw a poster of a valentine-shaped heart with a castle on top of it. There was a flag with a slogan, oversized and coming out of the top of the castle. The slogan read: "Joy is the banner flown from the heart when the King is in residence." Well, stupid me, I ...read more

  • Life Without Easter  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 13, 2009
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    LIFE WITHOUT EASTER The story is told of a young mother who found herself on the last train out of Poland during Hitler’s regime. She had her first-born toddler and her newborn nursing infant with her. The bombing was fierce, and the train had to stop many times for the passengers to take cover. ...read more

  • On Christian Joy

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 24, 2009

    ON CHRISTIAN JOY Billy Sunday said, "To see some people today you would think that the essential of Christianity is to have a face so long you could eat oatmeal out of the end of a gas pipe." William Barclay said that "A gloomy Christian is a contradiction in terms, and nothing in all ...read more

  • Abundant Life

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 7, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    ABUNDANT LIFE In December 1990, the threat of war with Iraq was looming. Many reserves and National Guard troops were mobilized. There were some homes where father and mother were both deployed. Recognizing this situation (that both father and mother would be gone overseas), a civic ...read more

  • Thank You For Your Time  PRO

    Contributed by Tony Abram on Apr 18, 2009
    based on 82 ratings

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the ...read more

  • The Secret Of Happiness  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 25, 2009
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    THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS Christopher Parkening is regarded as the world’s greatest classical guitarist, and he’s played guitar with orchestras the world over, even for several presidents in the White House. He’s also a world-class fly-fishing champion. By his own testimony, he writes, "By age ...read more

  • Kfc Chicken Joy

    Contributed by Mark Eberly on Jun 30, 2009

    KFC CHICKEN JOY A few weeks ago, KFC through Oprah made it possible for every person to get a free meal of KFC’s grilled chicken. People were exuberant. The computer server was overwhelmed with requests. We were able to get the coupons and went the next day. The restaurants were overwhelmed by ...read more

  • Worried That She'll Stop Clapping

    Contributed by Dennis Selfridge on Jul 3, 2009

    WORRIED THAT SHE'LL STOP CLAPPING David Buttrick tells of a baby who claps her hands over most anything. "Shove breakfast cereal in the front of her, you’ll get a hand clap. Sit her in a circle of toys, and she’ll break into applause. Her parents took her to the seashore to watch the waves roll ...read more