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 5:1-7; Titus 3:4-7 (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.


4But “when God our savior’s kindness and love appeared,he saved us because of his mercy, not because of righteous things we had done. He did it through the washing of new birth and the renewing by the Holy Spirit, which God poured out upon us generously through Jesus Christ our savior. So, since we have been made righteous by his grace, we can inherit the hope for eternal life.”

October 4, 2020: “A Message of Mercy”