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Joy vs. Happiness - YOUR thoughts

Posted by Todd Cullen on 11/07/14 @ 11:16 AM

Last Sunday in our new series I made the statement that happiness and joy are not the same thing.

I asserted that happiness is temporary and based on our current situation or circumstances but joy is based on who we are in Christ. I said that happiness can come quickly and go just as quickly; I said that joy is lasting.

But I want to hear what YOU think. Do you think that happiness and joy are the same thing? In your own life are happiness and joy difficult to differentiate or is there a clear distinction between the two? Let me know if there was a time in your life when you experienced either one and you knew the difference.

Join in the discussion and let me know YOUR thoughts by commenting on this blog. Also, in preparation for this coming Sunday read Philippians 2 as we continue our study through the book of Philippians in our series It’s All Good. I’ll see you on Sunday.

 

- Pastor Todd

Todd Cullen said...

Posted on 11/14/14 @ 8:52 AM -
Thanks Frank. I hope you guys had a great trip! I've heard it said that the longest distance in the world is the 12 inches from the head to the heart. Trust is a massive part of choosing joy, isn't it! We can know it in our minds, but trusting God for joy with our heart is quite another thing. My prayer for you is that you trust God in all things, as Philippians encourages us to do. Thanks for your thoughts.

Todd Cullen said...

Posted on 11/14/14 @ 8:48 AM -
Thanks Andy. Yes, joy is deeper and much more meaningful. And when we find joy in Jesus it's lasting. I'll take joy over happiness ALL DAY LONG!

As a golfer, I loved the golf shot analogy. If I hit a good shot, I usually say "sweet". Maybe I should say "joy"! Thanks for your input!

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Posted on 11/07/14 @ 6:56 PM -
Happiness comes in all shapes and sizes but it is always active and frisky. Happiness beats the drum of the soul and joy bubbles up. Tears of something bigger than us results. This process happens sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. But, joy is deeper, more centered and it feels really really good. Joy touches something that happiness cannot. Joy can be quiet or come mixed with happiness, energy and that “YES!!!!” feeling. Joy is always contentment…that life is good…there is a God. Joy hits that “sweet spot” way inside…like a good golf shot….a base hit…the flow. And I have a granddaughter named Joy.
Andy Kohlhepp

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Posted on 11/07/14 @ 6:56 PM -
Happiness comes in all shapes and sizes but it is always active and frisky. Happiness beats the drum of the soul and joy bubbles up. Tears of something bigger than us results. This process happens sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. But, joy is deeper, more centered and it feels really really good. Joy touches something that happiness cannot. Joy can be quiet or come mixed with happiness, energy and that “YES!!!!” feeling. Joy is always contentment…that life is good…there is a God. Joy hits that “sweet spot” way inside…like a good golf shot….a base hit…the flow. And I have a granddaughter named Joy.
Andy Kohlhepp

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Posted on 11/07/14 @ 1:43 PM -
We are off to Atlanta this weekend (Abagail's first birthday) party! At my age; I have experienced both! It took the trip from my head to my heart to fully grasp the difference. Twenty something years ago as I walked through my brother's three year illness and death with him; I came to clearly understand the underlying joy and peace gained by allowing Jesus to take over my life completely. Understand this: There are still many times of struggle, and circumstances are not always what I would like them to be, but trusting in God, who engineers those circumstances, is where my joy comes from. As someone said; "I am always content with what happens, for I think what God chooses is better than what I choose."
Frank
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A FREE Gift

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/31/14 @ 8:53 AM

God’s gift of salvation comes with a price. A price we don't have to pay…Jesus paid it for us.

When I was growing up, our church celebrated Reformation Day instead of Halloween. Now, don’t get me wrong. Most of the time there was trick-or-treating, costumes and a ton of candy; Reformation Day was Halloween under a better name. But as I got older and grew in my faith I learned that Reformation Day is an important time to remember what the reformers of the church did in the sixteenth century. Martin Luther (the guy in the picture) was the most prolific reformer and stood up against the church that had allowed man-made values to replace God-made values. The church had strayed from the truth of the Bible.

One of the things that Luther stood up against was a man-made practice called indulgences where someone would pay money to the church in exchange for God’s forgiveness for sins. I’m thankful that Luther stood up against such a dishonorable practice, since nothing could be further from the truth. Paul wrote these words in Ephesians 2:8:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith.

And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”

So tonight as you watch kids receive free candy, food, toys and "a rock" (watch the classic It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown if you didn’t get that) think about the FREE GIFT that God gave us when he allowed His son, Jesus, to die for our sins. It’s the gift of salvation and eternal life with God in heaven and it cost us nothing. All we must do is put our faith in Him.

If you happen to be reading this and want to know more about how to do this  I want to invite you to visit our church on Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00. I'll see you there.

Todd

Happy? Yeah, Right!

Posted by Todd Cullen on 10/27/14 @ 12:51 PM

Maybe we are asking the wrong question. So, what is the question we should be asking?

This coming Sunday we kick off a series called It’s All Good. In this four-part study of the book of Philippians, we will discover the secret of true contentment, real joy, and a finding life-long peace that will never fade away. This letter was meant to be an encouragement to the audience then and should be a huge source of encouragement to us today.

But rather than being a casual spectator, I want to challenge you to participate in this series more than you ever have participated in the past. Here is what I’m asking you to do:

  1. Read one chapter of Philippians each week for the next 4 weeks.
  2. Honestly answer this question: “What brings me true contentment,happiness or joy?”
  3. Consider how your life would change if in EVERY circumstance you could choose to be joyful.

Philippians is on of my favorite New Testament books and I am really excited to see what God will do in your life during the month of November through our study in Philippians. I’ll see you on Sunday!

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