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God’s Promise of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

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God’s Promise of Happiness, by Randy Alcorn, is based on the author’s larger work, Happiness. Still, this little book provides some thought-provoking content revealing our common misconceptions about happiness, holiness, and God. In an easy to follow question and answer format, this booklet tackles some intriguing questions. Do happiness and joy mean the same thing? Is God happy or stern? Do happiness and blessing mean the same thing? (I’m not sure I agree with him on this one.) Plus, the book is loaded with Scripture to correspond to each answer. It was a delightful read that made me think. Grab a copy while it’s free (at the time of posting, anyway). Book Quotes “There are more than 2,700 passages in the Bible containing words such as joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, pleasure, cheer, laughter, delight, jubilation, feasting, exultation, and celebration.” “Until the twentieth...

Joy of Zacchaeus Award

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Introducing the 2016 Biblical Character Awards The Biblical Character Awards are my way of featuring a handful of readers and recognizing them for their contribution to my life and ministry.   “They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well” (1 Corinthians 16:18).   Meet Margaret For a long time, I only knew her as @BigBlueMug on Twitter. She is, in fact, one of my earliest Twitter contacts from way back when I was first learning to tweet. She carefully guards her online privacy so I’ll just call her Margaret. I love Margaret’s playful spirit. She conjures up stories about the monster in the old laundry chute and her imaginary friend named “Gertrude” who lives in the cellar. I often miss the playful banter we used to enjoy in the “glory days” of Twitter. I remember one time, in particular, where I...

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripkin (@NikRipkin)

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The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected Nik Ripkin (@NikRipkin) 2013 384 pages Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback or ePub editions. I read the Kindle version.     I am coming to believe that, as followers of Christ, part of our spiritual growth—perhaps even a rite of passage—involves at least one crisis of faith. I am at such a crucial place right now as I wonder if God is big enough to overcome the massive difficulties I face each day. When I came across Nik Ripkin’s book, The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected, I knew I needed to read it. And I’m glad I did. Nik Ripkin (not his real name to protect his contacts) took his family to Africa to work as missionaries and relief aid workers. They moved around in Africa some, before landing in Somolia during the 1990s—before, during, and after...

Joy Is a Choice: [Music Video] I’m Trading My Sorrows – Zimbabwe Style

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We all face problems. Huge, horrible problems. Life-shattering problems. Stressful daily problems. Health problems. Money problems. All kinds of problems. But we have a choice. Are we going to choose to let the problems weigh us down? Or are we going to choose to trade our problems for the joy of the Lord. That’s the message of this song, “I’m Trading My Sorrows.” Part of the following video is done in English, but most of it is in their native tongue. Still, the joy of the Lord is evident in these Christians from Zimbabwe. In fact, it’s contagious. I encourage you to take five minutes to let their joy rub off on you. And remember, you have a choice to cling to your problems or trade them for the joy of the Lord.   I’m Trading My Sorrows – Zimbabwe Style   If life has you bogged down, maybe you need to get Unstuck!     Unstuck Escape Spiritual...