by Stan Coffey

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What Is The Key To True Happiness? (3 of 7)
Series: Timely Answers to Key Questions
Stan Coffey
Luke 14:25-33

Today we are talking about "What Is The Key To True Happiness?" As we look at this message it is part three in our series "Timely Answers To Key Questions." And certainly happiness is something that mankind has always sought. And it is no different today. People all around us are seeking the way to happiness. And many people are seeking happiness in materialism, some are seeking happiness in pleasure, some are seeking happiness in just a busy life, some are seeking happiness in their work, but what is the key to real, lasting happiness, the real joy?

Well, we are going to find that Jesus gave the answer. And when Jesus ends this parable He talks about people giving up everything they have to follow Him. In fact He says, "a man who loses his life shall find it, but a man who tries to save his life shall lose it." And that is a paradox. And people today cannot find happiness by looking for happiness. Happiness and joy is a by-product of following Jesus Christ. And so a man who seeks happiness many times will be disappointed because he will find only a temporary happiness and when his circumstances change, his happiness is gone. Now what Jesus had to say about this is totally different than the way our culture thinks. You are going to see a tremendous contrast between what Jesus said and what our culture actually teaches and practices today.

Luke 14:25-33 "Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and ...

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