by Jeff Ginn

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The Journey to Great Joy (7 of 10)
Series: From Ruin to Renewal
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Nehemiah 8
October 19, 2003

a. In Dangers, Toils & Snares, John Ortberg writes: When we take our children to the shrine of the Golden Arches, they always lust for the meal that comes with a cheap little prize, a combination christened, in a moment of marketing genius, the Happy Meal. You're not just buying fries, McNuggets, and a dinosaur stamp; you're buying happiness. Their advertisements have convinced my children they have a little McDonald-shaped vacuum in their souls: "Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in a happy meal." I try to buy off the kids sometimes. I tell them to order only the food and I'll give them a quarter to buy a little toy on their own. But the cry goes up, "I want a Happy Meal." All over the restaurant, people crane their necks to look at the tight-fisted, penny-pinching cheapskate of a parent who would deny a child the meal of great joy. The problem with the Happy Meal is that the happy wears off, and they need a new fix. No child discovers lasting happiness in just one: "Remember that Happy Meal? What great joy I found there!" Happy Meals bring happiness only to McDonalds. You ever wonder why Ronald McDonald wears that grin? Twenty billion Happy Meals, that's why. When you get older, you don't get any smarter; your happy meals just get more expensive. Citation: John Ortberg, Dangers, Toils & Snares: Resisting the Hidden Temptations of Ministry (Multnomah, 1994), pp.99-100.
b. People was happiness. They want joy but they don't know how to get there.
c. Read Nehemiah 8:1-12.

a. An awesome assembly
i. Unified presence: "All the people assembled . . ." (v. 1)
1. One day Sunday.
2. "There is a legend of a village in Southern Europe that boasted of a church called "The Hous3e of Many Lamps." When it was built in the sixteenth century, the architect provided for no light e ...

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