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The Dangerous Duty of Delight  by John Piper

7.The moral value of an act of love is not ruined when we are motivated to do it by the anticipation of our own joy in it and from it.

8.Christian Hedonism insists that the eternal gain outweighs the temporary pain.

9.Quit being satisfied with little 2% yields of pleasure that get eaten up by moths of inflation and the rust of death.  Invest in the blue-chip, high yield, divinely insured securities of heaven.

10.Husbands should invest the same time and energy and creativity into making their wives happy that they invest in making themselves happy.  The result will be that in doing this they will make themselves happy.

11.The root of all evil is that we are the kind of people who settle for the love of money instead of the love of God.

12.He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.  Jim Elliot


1.All men seek happiness.  This is without exception.  Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this endThe will never takes the least step but to this object.  This is the motive of every action of every man, even those who hang themselves.  Blaise Pascal

2.It is a Christian duty for everyone to be as happy as he can.  C.S. Lewis

3.Maximum happiness is what we are duty bound to pursuemaximizing our joy in God is what we were created for.  

4.God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

5.We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.  We are far too easily pleased.  C.S. Lewis

6.In some sense the most benevolent, generous person in the world seeks his own happiness in doing good to others, because he places his happiness in their good.  His mind is so enlarged as to take them, as it were, into himself.  Thus when they are happy, he feels it, he partakes with them, and is happy in their happiness.  Jonathon Edwards


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