November 17: “Holiness Can Be Fueled by a Desire for Happiness”

When we look at what Jesus focused on to help Him endure all that He went through in His life, we observe that He was fueled by the happy times ahead.

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October 16: “Emotions: What Goes Up Must Come Down”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Kings 191 Thessalonians 2Daniel 1Psalms 105 Today’s Bible Verse(s): 1 Kings 19:3-5 (CSB): “Then Elijah became afraid and immediately ran for his life. When he came to Beer-sheba that belonged to Judah, he left his servant there, but he went on a day’s journey into […]

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September 9: “Getting Your Joy Back After You Sin”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 31 Corinthians 14Ezekiel 12Psalm 51 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 51:12 (CSB): “Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 51 is rugged and honest. David, who penned it, had engaged […]

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August 22: “The Blessings of Hospitality”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14Romans 12Jeremiah 51Psalms 30 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Romans 12:13 (CSB) “Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): In the years to come, when people ask what we thought about 2020, we’re going to struggle with where to […]

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August 15: “The Joys of Hard Times”

8 Minute Read + Scripture readings (If you want to listen to an audio version of today’s blog post, simply go to https://anchor.fm/mattellis1997, or search for “Reflections on Truth” by Matt Ellis wherever you download your favorite podcasts.) Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 5-6Romans 5Jeremiah 43Psalms 19 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Romans 5:3–5 (CSB): “And not […]

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August 14: “Living a Blessed Life”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings (If you want to listen to an audio version of today’s blog post, simply go to https://anchor.fm/mattellis1997, or search for “Reflections on Truth” by Matt Ellis wherever you download your favorite podcasts.) Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 4Romans 4Jeremiah 42Psalms 18 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Roman 4:7-8 (CSB) “Blessed are those […]

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July 9: “Gratitude and Happiness”

8 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 11Psalm 144Jeremiah 5Matthew 19 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 144:15 (CSB): “Happy are the people with such blessings. Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): Some people are not convinced that following Jesus is the pathway to happiness. They […]

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June 21: “A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 26Psalm 117-118Isaiah 53Matthew 1 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 118:24 (CSB): “This is the day the Lord has made; let’s rejoice and be glad in it.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): A big part of how we will respond to life is based upon how we […]

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May 30: “Revival and Getting Our Happiness Back”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 3Psalms 85Isaiah 31Revelation 1 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 85:6 (CSB): “Will you not revive us again so that your people may rejoice in you?” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): At our core, all of us essentially want to be happy. A desire for inner joy […]

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