“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” - 1 Peter 5:4

“The Extasy of the Gods” Happiness in the Sermon on the Mount

As we’ve put together our series entitled, “What Jesus Said About Happiness,” we have discovered lots of wonderful things. This blog entry is about one of those discoveries. We hope you find it as wonderful as we have. Makarios Many readers will know that the New Testament was written in Greek. Therefore, what we read … Read more“The Extasy of the Gods” Happiness in the Sermon on the Mount

True Power/True Happiness: What Jesus Said About Happiness Part 4

Happy are the Meek In Matthew 5:5, Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” I cannot think of anything more countercultural than that. In Jesus’ day, the Jewish people He taught were living under the occupation of the mighty Roman empire. These oppressed Roman subjects must’ve perked up when they … Read moreTrue Power/True Happiness: What Jesus Said About Happiness Part 4

What Jesus Said About Happiness Part 3

Matthew 5 begins with what we know as the beatitudes. These are Jesus’ opening statements of the “Sermon on the Mount.” In these powerfully counter-cultural statements, Jesus describes those whose hearts are ready to experience true happiness. In this issue, we’ll pause to take a brief overview of this important passage. The Heart The passage … Read moreWhat Jesus Said About Happiness Part 3

What Jesus Said About Happiness Part 2

Last month we began a series on happiness with a special approach. We’re looking at the sermon on the mount, and specifically the beatitudes. The beatitudes are several statements Jesus made in which He clearly defines what true happiness looks like. In most translations of the Bible, each beatitude begins with the word “blessed.” That word, … Read moreWhat Jesus Said About Happiness Part 2

What Jesus Said About Happiness

Focus on Happiness Several months ago we began a series on happiness. The response was so positive that we’ve chosen to continue that topic in the first blog of each month. We’ve looked at what experts say about happiness and lots of practical suggestions. The Ultimate Source But as a Christian organization, we believe that … Read moreWhat Jesus Said About Happiness

Happiness Part 3: 5 (More) Mood-boosting Activities

Focus on happiness Over the last few months, our first blog of each month has focused on happiness. Studies show that happy people have fewer aches and pains. Happy people have better relationships. Happy people are healthier and live longer in general. What many people might fail to recognize is that a terminal diagnosis does … Read moreHappiness Part 3: 5 (More) Mood-boosting Activities

Happiness Part 2: 3 Systems to Sustain Happiness

Starting With Happiness Last month we started a series on happiness. We’ll do this at the beginning of each month for a while. Why? Hospice and Palliative care patients, understandably, often suffer from temporary or clinical depression. Families and friends often do not know how to help. So we’re starting each month spending time looking … Read moreHappiness Part 2: 3 Systems to Sustain Happiness

Happiness Part 1: 5 Activities to Increase Your Happiness

What is happiness? Most of us have an idea. You might say feeling satisfied with your life. I might say feeling loved. Scientists describe it as a general sense of well-being. I think most of us would agree with that.   What doesn’t make us happy? Though it’s relatively easy to say what happiness is, … Read moreHappiness Part 1: 5 Activities to Increase Your Happiness