Sermon Illustrations

God ... does not lavish his children with a jolly discipleship so that they may swim in spiritual ecstasy between conversion and death. God is a giver, but he does not give happiness. He gives redemption, meaning, security, love, victory, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And happiness is our response to his gifts. -- Calvin Miller in The Taste of Joy. Christianity Today, Vol. 31, no. 6.