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Keys To A Happy Life, Part 5: Compassion and Mercy

The Sermon on the Mount begins by Jesus outlining what the true blessings of our life are.  This week we will discuss the fifth one: “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” The fifth key to happiness is … Continue reading

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part 4: A Passion For What Is Good And True

The Sermon on the Mount begins by Jesus outlining what the true blessings of our life are.  This week we will discuss the fourth one: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” These … Continue reading

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Finding Spirituality That Sets Us Free

We can seek for the answers to life’s problems through study and learning, imagining that if we dig deeply enough and learn enough knowledge about spirituality we will find our way. Yes, learning is important. However, the way to peace … Continue reading

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part Three

The third key to happiness is recognizing that true strength and power are found in gentleness and kindness. It comes when we see that our happiness is not found by stepping on or over anyone else to get what we … Continue reading

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What Is Your Most Precious Possession?

This week we will take a break from the series on Keys To Happiness and look at what we hold as most precious or valuable in our lives and how that may be shaping our thinking and behavior in ways … Continue reading

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part Two

How would you define happiness? The dictionary states very unhelpfully: The state of being happy. It feels a bit like trying to define love. We know when we feel loving and we know when we stop feeling that way. Some … Continue reading

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part One

If you were asked, “What would make you happy?” how would you answer?  It is not unusual to think that if a certain thing happened or if a person acted a certain way or did a certain thing then we … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: The Gift of Eternal Life

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. We will have a procession with palms during the children’s portion of the service to celebrate God’s presence in our life. In the adult talk we will focus on the story of Lazarus being brought back … Continue reading

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You Were Created To Be Happy

Is this surprising news coming from a church? Churches can get a reputation for being places that promote surrendering all joy and delight and offering guilt and shame instead. But we really were created to be happy and to enjoy … Continue reading

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Use Your Eyes To See The Good In Others

How much does our happiness and peace of mind depend on how we see things, people and circumstances? Pretty much.

 The old saying goes, “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are.” The lens through which … Continue reading

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