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Happy. Healthy. Holy. That's God's goal for us.

But...it doesn't come without pain. In the middle of our mess, God promises to work "all things" for our good.

He delights in bringing beauty from ashes, strength from weakness, and purity from shame.

His blueprint for blessing is found in eight Beatitudes given in the Sermon on the Mount.

Join us for the next eight weeks as we discover how to live life the way God intended.

Happy. Healthy. Holy. That's God's goal for us.

But...it doesn't come without pain. In the middle of our mess, God promises to work "all things" for our good.

He delights in bringing beauty from ashes, strength from weakness, and purity from shame.

His blueprint for blessing is found in eight Beatitudes given in the Sermon on the Mount.

Join us for the next eight weeks as we discover how to live life the way God intended.

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Each week we want to challenge you to try out our "Happy Recipes" and watch the sermon while snacking.

Don't forget to tag us in any posts using our hashtag #gracewayhappy.

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Are You a Salty Saint?

July 26th, 2020

Matthew 5:13

Ye are the salt of the earth...

We've come to the end of the Beatitudes, but there's so much more in the Sermon on the Mount, I can't stop! I believe God wants to expand on the "Attitudes that Ought to Be" through the next few messages. Fasten your seatbelts: Happy is around for a while yet.

After describing their attitudes, Jesus jumps right into declaring the attributes of His true disciples.

Salt was highly sought after in the jungles where I was a missionary. Here we assume it comes with every meal. Believe me, life isn't the same without it -- nor should our world be without us.

Happy are the Bold: The Privilege of Persecution II

July 19th, 2020

Matthew 5:11-12

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

When we began this series, I had no idea how pertinent these messages would be to current events. God's timing is amazing.

As your pastor, I encourage you to take heart as you prepare to stand in these "evil" days. It is not a time to backslide or question God's promises. It's time to remain strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Happy are the Harassed: The Privilege of Persecution

July 12th, 2020

Matthew 5:10

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake.

It goes on to say, Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.

Jesus saw a reward of joy at the end of His suffering. That's how He endured the cross while still despising the shame. Now He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. What a price and what a prize!

Is God asking you to take a particular stand for His name? Persecution is a rite of discipleship -- and a reason to rejoice.

Happy are the Peacemakers

June 28th, 2020

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers...

When we began this series, we had no idea how pertinent this message would be at this time in our nation. If there were ever a time we needed the sanity peace brings, it is now.

Peace is a combination of two vital elements: purity and price. When pure motives spring from eternal truth through sacrifice, peace is the natural byproduct.

Those who sacrifice do not always enjoy the fruit of their labors. Yet if they pay the ultimate price, they do so with the knowledge that they have purchased peace for others.

The greatest Peacemaker, Jesus Christ, is our example. Through His death we have peace with God. What a glorious truth and one we should give our all to offer others.

Happy are the Holy

June 21st, 2020

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart...

There was a preacher of years gone by who told a story of a man who was in great pain. He went to a doctor named Dr. Law who told him his problem was his heart. The man pointed to his hands, feet, eyes, and ears saying they were the cause of the problem. Dr. Law held fast to his prognosis--the man had a heart problem.

When the man finally came to the end of attempting to correct his symptoms himself, he finally admitted himself to Dr. Law.

"I cannot help you," said Dr. Law. "I can only diagnose your problem. Dr. Grace is the only one who can perform the heart transplant you need."

The man immediately went to Dr. Grace and was made whole that very day.

Happy are the Merciful

June 14th, 2020

Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful...

Mercy is a huge subject. Some say love is all we need, walking right past this rich, beautiful word.

We could compare them like this: love is the heart, mercy is the hand. Love is the intent, mercy is the action.

As always, God takes the lead. He reaches down to us, giving us what we don't deserve. Then He says, "If you really want to be happy, follow me. Show mercy to someone else and I'll give you more."

Happy are the Persistent

June 7th, 2020

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness...

You are what you eat. And what you eat you want more of. Whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually--continuing to make healthy choices is the key to satisfactory results.

Last week we talked about being controlled--plugging into the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me."

This week's thought is "Stay in the yoke." Like hunger and righteousness until it be formed in you.

Happy are the Controlled

May 31st, 2020

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek...

Not weak. Though they rhyme, they are polar opposites. One buckles under every whim of passion, the other is a bulwark of strength and power under control.

Jesus promises those who commit to control will inherit the earth. True happiness is available on this earth as we learn meekness from the One Who not only lived it, but also gives it.

Happy are the Broken

May 24th, 2020

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn...

It seems opposite of all things "happy" and in conflict with peace, joy, and love. Why would God call those who mourn blessed?

Understanding God's view of sin will help us catch the meaning behind the Beatitude. God is altogether good and will judge every sin and injustice. But, instead of looking at others, let's look inside.

The comfort is worth the confession! You'll never be happy until you get real with God and help from God.

Happy are the Humble

May 17th, 2020

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit...

As she was speaking, her face shown with a light I've never seen in her. She has found the freedom of admitting need--of humbling herself before the One Who can cleanse her deepest hurts and set her free.

This is the first step in being truly happy. Humble yourself. Stop trying to control your image, other people, the pain of the past, and the fear of the future. Lay it all down at the feet of the Cross and admit your spiritual poverty. That's when heaven opens and true happiness can begin.

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