Pentecost Sunday

“Pentecost Sunday” isn’t just about speaking in unknown languages. It’s a long-standing tradition, prescribed by God; a time to give to Him and celebrate all He’s given to us. 1. Read Deuteronomy 26:10-11 [ESV]“And you shall set [your gift] down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. And you shall rejoice in […]

The Connection

Baptism is more than a rite of passage. Communion is more than a mid-church snack; dedicating your children is more than a protestant placeholder for christening. Each of these is a powerful way to shout the story of the gospel to the world, but you need to have lived that story first.  1. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26 [ESV] “For […]

Happiness=Great Relationships

Humans are designed with a need for intimacy. Just like your body needs food, water and sleep, you need intimate human relationships to be fully functional and fulfilled. 1. Read Genesis 2:18 [NLT] “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for […]

Happiness=Doing Your Best

When asked what they do for fun, not many people list “working really hard.” The truth is, part of the God-character in us as Christians is a robust work ethic – giving whatever we do 100% effort. When we do that consistently, God will reward us. 1. Read Colossians 3:17 [ESV] “And whatever you do, in word […]

Happiness=Serving Others

Jesus said, “the greatest among you will be your servant.” We’re called to serve and meet the needs of others… which can be a counterintuitive, counter-cultural thing, at times. When we do, though, we not only make God happy – we find happiness ourselves. 1. Read Romans 12:13 [ESV] “I say to everyone among you not […]

Happiness=Generosity

   Finding happiness in generosity sounds like a contradictory statement – after all, accumulating stuff makes you feel happy, right? Well, in God’s economy, the more you give, the more you’re blessed, and the happiness that comes from giving is way beyond what comes from getting. 1. Read Luke 6:38 [ESV] “Give, and it will be given to you. […]