Posts from May 2020

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 4

God Wants Me To Be Happy Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Our walk with God begins on the ________________, not on the outside. Matthew 15:19 – “out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 3

God Wants Me To Be Happy Matthew 5:5 – Jesus said, Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. What does it mean to be meek? Jesus was meek – Matthew 11:29 take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. The word gentle is the same Greek word translated “meek” in Matthew 5:5. Meekness is observed in the way Jesus controlled…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 2

God Wants Me To Be Happy Last week we looked at this word “Blessed” which can also be translated “Happy,” in the New Testament. Jesus used the word nine times in the first section of the Sermon on the Mount. He was was speaking to a crowd of people hungering for happiness, but his overall encouragement is to develop a hunger for righteousness Mat-thew 5:6. Happiness, or this state of being “blessed,” is a product of a heart conditioned to…

Stand-By Service

When it comes to caring and serving there are some members who are always on “stand-by.” “By eight-thirty in the morning I’m already exhausted.” These are the words my daughter, Julia, used to describe yet another day in raising a very active three year old boy and a six month old cutie named Sophia. Her lament is common to moms dealing with very young children who require constant attention and more energy to care for than one person normally has.…

Peak of the Week: Be Happy, Part 1B

God Wants Me To Be Happy Ecclesiastes 1:14: “All is vanity and a striving after the wind.” Should we then just conclude happiness cannot be found? Perhaps God doesn’t want us to be happy and it’s not even something we should pursue Or, perhaps, God defines happiness in different terms than we commonly do, and perhaps the pathway to God-defined happiness is different? In the Old Testament, there’s a Hebrew word that means _________________ or ___________________. It’s translated both ways…

The 10 Stages of Motherhood

Every parent looks forward to the day when their child will truly understand what being a parent is all about. In the meantime we can only salute our mothers who seem so amazing when we are finally old enough to appreciate them. With this in mind let’s review the 10 stages of motherhood as seen through the eyes of her child: Stage #1 – 4 years old, “My Mommy can do anything!” Stage #2 – 8 years old, “My Mom…

Things my Mother Taught me

The Bible teaches us to honor our fathers and mothers. One way to do this is to live in such a way that they receive honor from what we say and do. I’d like to honor my own mother, Jane Rose Mazzalongo, by sharing three important lessons she has taught me. 1. Live One Day at a Time My mother has had to work hard and face many calamities in her life but she has always been able to keep…