Month: June 2018

The Gift of Hope || guest blog by Connie Milchling

I love our mission statement, “Living Word is a grace-filled community where the messiness of life, the message of hope, and the beauty of Jesus converge.” At times I am in conversation with someone and feel the weight of how there’s not much we can do with the “mess.” It’s especially difficult when it comes to other people’s bad choices encroaching onto our lives. Sometimes they are burdened by the relentless news of unsettledness and uncertainty in the world or are simply worn down by the day in and day out struggles of life.

And yet there is always hope!

But just what is the message of hope and how can we cultivate it in our lives?

For 4 weeks this summer we will be looking at this consideration as we explore:

  • What do we do when hope is lost?
  • Where is hope found?
  • Why is hope needed?
  • How is hope sustained?

This brand new mid-size community will have live teaching and small-group discussion. We know summer gets full with fun and activities, so we are offering it for your convenience on Monday evenings, 6:30–8:00 pm or Wednesday mornings, 9:30–11:00 am starting July 9. This is open to anyone …

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Sharing Happiness || guest blog by Chris Smith

Netflix

Recently I was watching an episode of David Letterman’s Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction featuring Jerry Seinfeld. As someone who grew up watching both these comedic giants, I found it fascinating to hear their perspectives on life and comedy, particularly what motivated them to do what they do (entertain people). During the interview, Seinfeld made the point that comedians are “giving something to people that makes them happy.” They (comedians) have been given the gift of making people laugh, and the sharing of this gift is described by Seinfeld as a “generous pursuit”. Both comedians talk about how gratifying it is to see people laugh and how strong a motivation this is for them personally.

Listening to Seinfeld talk about happiness caused me to think about the deepest source of joy – knowing God – and how it is truly a generous gift to share this joy with others. There is a deep ache in every human heart that longs to be satisfied (Eccl. 3:11). The shorter Westminster Catechism, written in the 17th century, states that “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” John Piper modified this statement by stating that …

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