Dr. Dan Hayden preaches from John 20:1-10  •

When Mary Magdalene saw the empty tomb she was down on empty. She said, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” The Apostle John, on the other hand, had a different reaction to the empty tomb. When he stepped into the tomb and saw the linen wrappings and face-cloth, it says that he saw, and believed. John was UP ON EMPTY. In this message from John 20:1-10, we look into the empty tomb to learn how we also can be up on empty. (40:23)

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Dr. Dan Hayden •

When Warren Wiersbe wrote his commentary on the Book of Philippians, he titled it, Be Joyful, It Beats Being Happy. Biblically, of course, he is correct. It is better to be joyful than to be happy. On a practical level, however, many of God’s people don’t have the slightest idea of what he is talking about.

A while ago, a man called me on the phone to talk about his failing marriage. The problem, in his mind, was that the relationship had gone flat. He liked his wife as a person, but for some reason the excitement wasn’t there anymore and he was admitting that he no longer loved her. “I’m not fulfilled,” he said. “I’m just not happy.”

Knowing that he was a professing Christian, and wanting to direct his attention away from the peripheral issues to the core of his problem, I suggested to him that what he really needed was to discover the joy of the Lord. “More than happiness,” I said, “what you need is the kind of joy that only the Lord can give to you.”  His response was classic: “What’s the difference? I thought that happiness and joy were the same.”

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