Happy are the Merciful

Happy are the Merciful: Mercy is about responding to need with compassion.  Matthew 5:7 (NASB)  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Although we often believe that mercy is weakness and shold be abandoned.  The truth is that when we cultivate mercy and pursue mercy, God blesses us with His abundant mercy.  That’s … Read moreHappy are the Merciful

Happy are the Hungry

Matthew 5:6 says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”   In this simple sentence, Jesus Christ challenges us to look at our spiritual appetite with these penetrating words.  Blessed are those who have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, and they want more of it.  God … Read moreHappy are the Hungry

“Happy are the Sad”

On Sunday we continued our series on happiness with “Happy are the Sad.” Matthew 5:4 (NASB) says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Sad people aren’t typically also happy, so there must be more to this.  In context, building on the idea of spiritual humility from verse 3, we’re seeing that there … Read more“Happy are the Sad”

“Happy are the Humble”

Our news series “The Pursuit of Happiness” is a study of Matthew 5 where Jesus lays out a path to happiness that might seem counter intuitive at first.  The first step in that process is humility.  CS Lewis says, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” For Bible Study on … Read more“Happy are the Humble”

Reflecting God’s Heart: Jesus Christ

One of the greatest aspects of Jesus Christ reflecting the heart of God is this concept/this way of life called forgiveness.  Jesus forgave extravagantly.  And because we have been forgiven by Him, we are called to forgive. Christ will use the offense, the tragedy, the abuse we experience from others…..for a greater purpose.  Jesus didn’t … Read moreReflecting God’s Heart: Jesus Christ