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For the Peacemaker | Happy’ness

Monday— “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”  Matthew 5:9 Drama queens. We all know some. If you don’t, it’s probably you. They’re not happy unless everything is in an uproar. They instigate a conflict, then ride to the rescue, masquerading as the solution. And those same drama queens will…
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For the Pure in Heart | Happy’ness

Monday— “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  Matthew 5:8 “It was hardcore. Hottest babes I’ve ever seen,” Trevor growled and his coworkers laughed. “You want hardcore?” Jim added. “Have you seen—Oh, hey Alec.” Alec handed Jim a file. “You guys talking about the game last night?” he asked. “Man, that…
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For the Merciful | Happy’ness

Monday— “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”  Matthew 5:7 “I’m so sorry,” Lyla cried. Her eyes brimmed as she stared at the dented fender. “I’ll…I’ll pay for it. I—” “How could you be so careless!” her furious neighbor raged. “Yeah, you’ll pay for it and I’m taking you to court for…
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For the Hungry | Happy”ness

Monday— Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Matthew 5:6 There’s a kind of longing unique to the human heart and most pronounced in those who know God. It’s deeper than a physical need, more persistent than the yearning for love or companionship. It arises from the part…
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For the Meek | Happy”ness

Monday— “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  Matthew 5:5 Because meekness rhymes with weakness, we assume they mean the same thing. But they are actually opposites. To be weak is to be powerless, unable to exercise control. But to be meek is to hold immense power one’s under control. Visualize meekness…
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When We Mourn | HAPPY”NESS

Monday— “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”   Matthew 5:4 -“Oh man, I got carried away last night and did something really stupid! I’m so embarrassed. Hope it doesn’t catch up with me.” -“We lost everything in the fire: my model car collection, our wine cellar, and our Beatle’s LP’s. I’m really…
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For the Poor | HAPPY”NESS

Monday— “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   Matthew 5:3 What does it mean to be poor in spirit? We know that poor means you’re homeless and eat Ramen every day. But being poor doesn’t qualify us for heaven, so it’s a different kind of poor. Poor in spirit…
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Transition

Monday— See, I am doing a new thing… I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:19 Transition: the process of changing from one state of being to another. We don’t like change. No matter how positive the change may be, it feels like someone threw out our favorite…
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Travel Light | Prepare

Monday— …since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 That “cloud of witnesses” was described in Hebrews 11. They were people who set the bar…
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Living with Expectation | PREPARE

Monday— After Jesus was born…during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.  Matthew 2:1 How many years had he sat at this window, studying the stars? How long had he searched the ancient scrolls, gleaning hints about a King who would be born in a far away land? It had…
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