Grace to You

Grace to You
Passion for God - Passion for People
Discipling, Serving & Growing Together in Christ
November 17, 2017

"Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph?” Deuteronomy 33:29

Several decades ago Bobby McFerrin had a huge hit with the song “Don’t Worry be Happy”. The song was popular then and still describes an approach to life which desires happiness above everything else. Happiness is certainly a good thing, but how do we find true lasting happiness?

The question is not a new one. The Apostle Paul in his defense of the resurrection of Jesus, writes that if the resurrection and the hope it brings is a myth then, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." (I Corinthians 15:32)

One of the wisest men in the Bible, King Solomon, in his lifelong quest for true happiness, described the empty meaninglessness of this approach to happiness, “And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind. “ (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11)

So, where do we find true lasting happiness? King David wrote Psalm 32 after his tragic sin with Bathsheba and the murder which followed. From the dark valley of this tragic chapter in his life, David discovered true happiness. “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” The Hebrew word (Ashrei) translated here “Blessed” also may be translated “Happy”.
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) That’s really good news! Something to be truly happy about!


Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Kevin Kirk, Vice -President, External Relations & Enrolment Management Tyndale University College & Seminary “Are we really irrelevant and extreme?”

Grace’s 59th Anniversary
Don’t miss Sunday, November 26th as we celebrate Grace’s 59th Anniversary with Rev. Samson Javed, pastor of Grace’s Urdu Congregation, as our special guest.

Angel Breakfast – Sunday, December 3 – 8:30-10:30 am
All Sunday school families – children, youth and parents are invited to join us for breakfast, yummy treats and a morning of fellowship, crafts and games. Please RSVP to Thanu Boteju by Sunday, Nov. 26 to confirm your family will be joining us