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Dec 08, 2019

Joy to the World

Joy to the World

Passage: Psalms 98:1-9

Speaker: Pastor Greg Olson

Series: Carols of Christmas

Category: Advent

Keywords: joy, happiness

Sermon Notes

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Psalm 98:4 (NRSV)

What is Joy?

Joy is not Happiness. Joy and happiness are wonderful feelings to experience, but are very different. ... Joy comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events. Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart.

Joy is the serious business of Heaven—C.S. Lewis

Christians should always find reasons to be joyful. There are many ways to define joy. Joy isn’t just a smile or a laugh.

Joy is something that is deep within and doesn’t leave quickly. When we have the joy of the Lord, we’ll know it and so will others. Since joy is given by God and something that God wants us to have, we need to be joyful! In addition to being joyful, we should let others have their joy and not bring them down when they are excited about good things. The only thing worse than not having joy is stealing someone else’s.

This Christmas be a Joy Giver!

  • Express gratitude
  • Smile often
  • Listen well
  • Practice generosity
  • Forgive quickly
  • Don’t criticize
  • Share a compliment
  • Pray for someone