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I’m going through a bitter sweet feeling as we end our series on happiness with the students of our church. Over the last four weeks we have talked about happiness and our pursuit of it. Here are some take aways from the month:
  • “No thing” can make you happy. If you could buy it, you would buy it once and remain happy forever. 
  • Peace with God, through Christ’s work is the start of peace with yourself and others. (Also see 1 John 1:6, 4:20, Romans 5:1, Colossians 1:13)
  • Paul wrote that the church in Philippi should continually be filled with the fruit of their salvation. One of those fruits is joy! (Also see Philippians 1:11, Galatians 5).
  • The choices you make will either contribute to your peace or bring downfall to your peace. (Also see John 10:10-11, 2 Peter 1:3, Romans 6:16)
  • What you focus on you’ll fuel. If we focus on being a good follower of the Good Shepherd and serving others we will experience the greatest fulfillment in life. (Also see John 10:10-11, Philippians 1:11, 4:8)
The happiness that is not found in Christ is caffeine happiness</em; it wears off. It’s like a moving target that we catch and then it slips through our fingers. The starting point of happiness is peace with God and happiness is sustained by a life of obedience to Jesus.

For this series I would like to give contributions to the team at Orange, Jeanne Mayo at Youth Leaders Coach, Darren Hileman, Greg Surratt, and, of course, my ESV Study Commentary.

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James Martin
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