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In America, we consider the pursuit of happiness an “inalienable right.” How to go about that pursuit is the subject of much debate in our culture, but it usually involves acquiring and using material goods. Jesus talked about the pursuit of happiness. In fact the word “blessed” in the New Testament actually means “happy” or “fortunate.” And, as usual, Jesus’ prescription for being happy turns our ideas upside-down. He said that, paradoxically, the key to happiness is to pursue a right relationship, or reconciliation, with God.

In his book, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes it this way,

[blockquote]If you want to be truly happy and blessed, if you would like to know true joy as a Christian, here is the prescription-‘Blessed (truly happy) are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness’-not after happiness. Do not go on seeking thrills; seek righteousness. Turn to yourself, turn to your feelings and say: ‘I have no time to worry about feelings, I am interested in something else. I want to be happy but still more I want to be righteous, I want to be holy. I want to be like my Lord, I want to live in this world as He lived …’[/blockquote]

Like a mirage in the distance, it seems the harder we grasp for happiness, the faster it recedes from us. Maybe it’s time to change direction and pursue God instead.

– Terry Feix, Executive Pastor

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Morning Meditation – Terry Feix

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I can still remember my first management job in a large company – specifically the overwhelming feeling of realizing how much I didn’t know!

I was fortunate to have a boss at that time who was favorably disposed toward me.

I can’t tell you why, I just know he taught me the things I needed to learn and coached me through my many early mistakes.

I’m sure I was a liability to him when I started but he treated me like I was one of his most valuable employees.

To use a word we don’t hear enough anymore, I would say he was very gracious to me.

When we read the word grace in the Bible, we usually think of it in a variety of ‘religious’ ways, unmerited favor or the free gift of God, for example.

These are good thoughts, but there is also in the word grace the simple idea of God being favorably disposed toward us.

I can’t tell you why, I just know he loves us.

David echoed this exact thought in Psalm 8:4 when he asked, “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”

Like David, when I think of God’s favor toward us in the person of Jesus Christ, I am overwhelmed and can only respond as David did in the psalm, “O Lord, our lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

May our worship today be a joyous response to our gracious God!

Morning Meditation – Terry Feix

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The 23rd Psalm reminds me that God has green pastures and still waters in mind for us.

It is the Jewish tradition that upon arising in the morning, thanks should be given to God for “returning my soul within me” – that one should awaken with gratitude for God having restored one’s faculties and awareness. While we do not believe that God literally replaces our soul within us each morning, we certainly agree with David in Psalm 23:3 that God, our Shepherd, “restores our soul”.

The word that David uses conveys the sense of restoring something that is disordered and needs to be set aright, to once again be placed in harmony.

How true that is for us.

Every day we encounter stresses that pull and tear at our souls. The worry and anxiety of modern living often leave us exhausted and weary.

I love the 23rd Psalm because it reminds me that God has green pastures and still waters in mind for us. As Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, in Him we lay down our burdens and find rest for our souls. I hope Psalm 23 will become one of your favorites, a constant reminder of God’s restoring work in our lives.

Morning Meditation by Terry Feix

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