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The Pursuit of Happiness (4 of 8)
Series: Do You Want to be Blessed?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Please turn to Psalm 33, Psalm 33. Now, as everyone knows, this is July 4th weekend. And on July the 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a statement announcing that it was separating from Great Britain. The thirteen American colonies were separating from Great Britain. And the statement that they adopted and voted on July 4, 1776, is known to us as the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration of Independence, the second sentence is the most famous sentence of all. It has been called the most potent and consequential words in American history. It only has 35 words. It's been called one of the most well crafted sentences in the history of the English language. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." These truths are self-evident, they said. Anybody knows this. It just comes when you are born into this earth. God gives you this knowledge, and you can't take this away. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I've been thinking about that, the pursuit of happiness. You know, the founders did not say that you were granted happiness. They said you were granted the freedom to pursue happiness. That's the way people are in America. They do things to make them happy. They make decisions as to what they think will make them happy. No one does things that they think will make them unhappy. Nobody is on a pursuit of unhappiness, are they? Do you know anybody like that? They stay up late at night, thinking, What can I do to wreck and ruin my life. What decision could I make that would really cause me anguish and grief and pain? Nobody lives like that.
Saturday Night Live, years ago when I was a kid and, and used to be able to stay up past 10:30, I would watch Saturday Night Li ...
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