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In ministry, years and joy can have an inverse relationship. For most pastors, serving God will always be more joy than sacrifice. Two Christian leaders who have burned brighter and hotter as they have aged are Ben Patterson and Zig Ziglar. Ben is dean of the chapel at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. For more than 30 years, Zig has been a popular motivational speaker.

Was there a moment when you discovered the meaning of genuine joy?

Patterson: I can tell you when I became a Christian, and I can tell you when I began to "get it" about joy. I'm sorry to say my discovery about joy was only about six years ago. Ziglar: Our oldest daughter died on May 13, 1995. The Bible tells us to rejoice always. How do ...

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