Happiness Doesn't Just Happen (1 of 16) by Steve Wagers

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Happiness Doesn't Just Happen (1 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 5: 1-12

1. Unbelievable Happiness
A) Supernatural Favor
B) Satisfied Future
2. Uncommon Happiness
A) The God-ward Expectation
B) The Man-ward Expression
3. Ultimate Happiness
A) The Reproach to be Faced
B) The Response to be Formed

In May 1787, delegates from 12 of the original 13 states convened in Philadelphia for the purpose of amending the Articles of Confederation. Four months later, in September 1787, the final copy was adopted as The Constitution of the United States. The Constitution comprises the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government. It also describes the three chief branches of the Federal Government and their jurisdictions-executive, legislative, and judicial.

In addition, it lays out the basic rights of U. S. citizens. It is the oldest written constitution still in use by any nation in the world.
The handwritten original document penned by Jacob Shallus is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

On a Judean hillside between Tiberias and Capernaum, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, our Lord ratified His own Constitution of Christianity, because in it we find every precept, principle, or practice for the life Jesus came to live for us that He might live through us. What the Constitution is to the United States, the Sermon on the Mount is to the Christian.

The wonderful thing about this Constitution is that it can never, will never, and need never be amended. And since our lives are no longer our own, there is no need for a Bill of Rights. It is not the law of the land, but it is the Law of the Lord.

As we expose ourselves to these words, we see whether we truly are believers; and if believers, the degree of the authenticity of our lives. No other section of Scripture makes us face ourselves like the Sermon on the Mount. It is the antidote to the pretense and sham that plagues Christi ...


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