Jesus had a lot to say about what it means to be happy. People often say I want my children to be happy and my family to be happy. But we define happiness based on things we acquire or things in life that we’re confident will bring us happiness. Jesus takes our shallow understanding of happiness and turns it upside down. Join me Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. this fall as we look at happiness through a deeper lens–Jesus’ lens.

Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson

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Corresponding Scripture: Matthew 5:1-8; Psalm 51:10-13 (CEB)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. He taught them, saying:

Happy people

“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

“Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.

“Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.

“Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.

“Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.

“Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.

Matthew 5:1-8 (CEB)

10 Create a clean heart for me, God;

    put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me!

11 Please don’t throw me out of your presence;

    please don’t take your holy spirit away from me.

12 Return the joy of your salvation to me

    and sustain me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach wrongdoers your ways,

    and sinners will come back to you.

Psalm 51: 10-13 (CEB)

October 11, 2020: “The Heart of the Matter is a Matter of the Heart”