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From The Pastor

July 27, 2018 | by: Rev. John Hartman | 0 comments

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From the Pastor

The Harvard Grant Study was done with the Harvard classes of 1938-40. The study followed 268 male Harvard undergraduates, – those still living well into their 90’s, – and collecting data on various aspects of their lives at regular intervals, all to determine what makes for a happy and meaningful life. Boiling it all down, the message would be, “Love is all that matters.” In other words, you can have a successful career, truckloads of money, robust physical health, travel the globe, and everything else you could ever want in life. However, without loving, supportive meaningful relationships in our lives, then we won’t be happy. 

 The head of the study, George Valliant, says there are basically two pillars of happiness. He says, “One is love, and the other is to find a way of coping with life that does not push love away.” That second half only happens in one way: PATIENCE with people. As the study revealed, you and I must “find a way of coping with life that does not push love away.” Please join us for worship this Sunday in the Family Life Center at 10:00 A.M., as we cultivate the Fruit of Patience. See you then. 

 Pastor John

 Quote of the Week

 “There is tremendous relief in knowing that God’s love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me; so that no discovery now can disillusion Him about me; in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.”                   J.I. Packer


James Innell Packer, usually cited as J. I. Packer, is a British-born Canadian Christian theologian in the low-church Anglican and Calvinist traditions. He currently serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He has been the theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America since its inception in 2009.