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  • The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Loved to Party

    October 17, 2021

    • Jesus teaches us that the party habit could be the best way to break the ice and influence even the seediest of characters.

     

    • “There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away.” – Luke 15:7

     

    • Why do we feel that to be good and faithful Christians, we must not look too happy, we must not enjoy ourselves too much, when throughout the Scriptures, God clearly loves a party?

     

    • “He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.” – Isaiah 53:3

     

    • “It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.” – Psalm 92:2

     

    • “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” – Lamentations 3:21-23

     

    • “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” – Acts 2:42

     

    • “They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:46-47

     

    • “Delight sets in the soul in its place.” – Saint Augustine

     

    • “We necessarily act in accordance with what delights us more.” – Saint Augustine

     

    • “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

     

    • A life of true bliss, a life of pure pleasure, is found in God alone.

     

    • Jesus took great delight in giving delight and in delighting in life.

     

    • Eudaimonia means living well and flourishing in all aspects of existence.

     

    • Humankind was meant to live an abundant life in relationship with God, who fills us and frees us.

     

    • “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” – Psalm 16:11

     

    • “Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” – 1st Timothy 6:17

     

    • Everything in life is filled with resurrection moments. And every person is filled with resurrection hope just waiting to be celebrated.

     

    • “Joy is serious business in heaven.” – C.S. Lewis

     

    • “If you have no joy in your religion, there is a leak in your Christianity.” – Billy Sunday

     

    • Why can’t every Sunday be a party type atmosphere in the church?