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Happy

What does it take to make you happy? Some would say, "time spent with a new puppy." Others might say, "driving down the street in a new car." These external opportunities to gain happiness, and many more like them, might give us this feeling of happy for a brief time but soon will leave us with an empty "happy" and in search of getting it back. The psalmist had lots of wisdom which he imparted in short bursts. He said this, "Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways." (Psalm 128:1) The word "blessed" can be translated "happy." So, what is he saying makes him happy? Two things are stated here. One, fearing the Lord. This is a reverential fear rather than a foreboding fear. It is not an angst or an anxiousness, it is giving to God His proper due. Sure God has the power to turn us into dust by just saying the word but that is seeing Him as a demanding and destroying person rather than seeing Him as a loving God reach…

Darkness

People don't like the dark for a lot of reasons. Maybe it's because they can't find their way or because the darkness covers those lurking around for prey. But some don't like the darkness because it is in the dark and quiet moments that old actions come back to haunt them. These could be unresolved conflicts, bad past decisions, or hurtful words they said to someone close to them. What is the solution to this? John was an apostle that, according to history, was the last one to die of the twelve. He had a personal relationship with Jesus, was there when he was resurrected, saw the church age begin on the day of Pentecost and saw many churches begin and flourish under God's hand. More than this, he saw the bigger picture of personal struggles that believers were having and he wanted to reassure them of God's love for them, so he wrote the book of 1 John. In it he addressed "the dark" in each of us. He said, "This is how we know that we belong to the…