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 5:1-10, James 1:2-8, 12 (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 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.

“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.

10 “Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.


My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing. But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.Whoever asks shouldn’t hesitate. They should ask in faith, without doubting. Whoever doubts is like the surf of the sea, tossed and turned by the wind. People like that should never imagine that they will receive anything from the Lord.They are double-minded, unstable in all their ways. 12 Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward.

October 25, 2020: Happy Harassment