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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Happy Are Ye"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2"Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."

John 13:12-17

   

    

 

The following devotional was written by Mr. J. C. Penny in the Christian Herald, during the 1920’s:

 

Supreme happiness of life cannot be found in any one thing we have or can gain. Then what is the source of happiness? Happiness and pleasure must not be confused, because they are not the same. One is built upon lasting foundations, while the other one is generally found in passing incidents and experiences in our daily lives.

 

Happiness is a result of spiritual ideals. It does not depend on material things or outward circumstances. In fact, things and circumstances are often mistaken for the cause of happiness, yet have very little to do with this much sought after condition.

 

Many people are looking for happiness in the wrong places and by the wrong methods. There is only one way to find happiness, and that is in the pathway of service. More money and better positions can never result in happiness, except as they are used to benefit those outside of our household. The responsibility that is placed on us is that of serving others, and in this duty is found the only environment in which true happiness can exist.

 

We ought to feel pity for the man who is looking for happiness in accumulating houses, cars, stocks and bonds, better social standings, and all such things that can be acquired. Happiness is not found in them. Happiness is native to the soul seeking to serve others, that they may have a share in the larger and better things of life. Happiness is not without, but like the Kingdom of Heaven, it is within those who serve.

 

 

(The text verse and study verses have been added to reinforce the truth of this devotion.) Study verses - Psalm 144 (notice the last verse); Proverbs 29:17-19; II Timothy 3:4; Romans 1:28-32.



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Previous devotions

"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012