Have Times Changed?

by Austin Hausner “For the Son of man came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). When we talk with people about Christianity or anything Bible-related we find there are many objections to Christianity. Some of these objections are fairly common. We want to be able to provide a counter-argument to one of the…

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The Problem with Happy-Face Christianity

by Matthew Bassford “Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, is he who sings songs to a troubled heart” (Proverbs 25:20). The other day, a friend of mine unburdened himself on Facebook about his struggles with depression. He talked about his confusion and fear and self-hatred.…

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How do I rid myself of anger, frustration, and resentment toward God?

Question: How do I rid myself of anger, frustration, and resentment toward God? Life isn’t, and probably shouldn’t be, heaven on earth, but I feel at times as though things are withheld (Luke 18:1). Did I not pray hard enough or long enough for something? Does God keep “score?” Perhaps I have not been faithful…

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Is life only enjoyable for the righteous when they reach heaven?

Question: Hi Jeff, I read in the Scriptures of all the good things, promises, happiness, peace, comfort and more that the righteous are told they will enjoy, but when you consider their life, it is mostly filled with misery. So I ask, is it only in heaven that they will enjoy these things? Thanks. Answer:…

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God Wants Me to Be Happy

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 128   I.         The same plot repeats through the stories of people’s lives             A.        A woman finds a man who pays more attention to her than her husband, so she divorces her husband to marry this other man because “God wants me to be happy.”             B.        Andy Diestelkamp tells this story: “The…

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Jamaica Patois Wisdom – Happiness

by Jefferson David Tant The Jamaican Patois dialect is colorful, unique, and humorous. It is my desire to share some of the philosophy shown in this mix of colorful phrases that are witty as well as thought-provoking. I hope the readers both profit and enjoy. In my quarter-century plus of teaching there, I have come…

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Maybe another man will make me happier

Question: I’m a 20 year old girl who’s engaged to a man more than 15 years older than me. He is my first boyfriend, and I’m physically and emotionally intimate with him. But I’m afraid of marriage because I have only dated him and no one else. He is a great man who is a…

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How to be Happy

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Philippians 4:1-7   I.         Are you happy? Truly happy?             A.        For many people the answer is “I would be happy, if …”                         1.         If something changed, then I could be happy.                         2.         Sometimes the change is something simple. “Once I lose another ten pounds, I’ll be happy.”                         3.         But too often the demand is over…

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I just want a happier environment for my child and me

Question: Hello, I am currently unemployed and have been for 6 months. Four years ago I fell in love with someone else. My goal is to find another job, then my child and I will move, or whatever we as the parents decide. We had a huge argument a few days ago. He said he…

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The Road to Contentment

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Philippians 4:10-14   I.         In case some of the kids missed it, you know it’s that time of year again: school is back in session!             A.        Have you noticed that a few classes are just great.                         1.         The time just flies by.                         2.         The homework isn’t that bad.             B.        But there are those other classes…

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