Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


February 1, 2014

Go ahead, be happy--and spread it around


Dr. Robert H. Schuller wrote a book entitled; “The Be-happy attitudes.” When we read the Biblical passages it is important to look at the big picture. It is also good to have a working knowledge of language structures.

Christianity is not based on drudgery but, on hope, faith, love and understanding that happiness is a part of the experience but, we must allow ourselves to be open to what God has provided for us.

As you look at this week’s Gospel passage and hear your pastor’s homily this week, think happy in terms of blessed. I know some pastors will not be preaching from this passage, so go over this gospel lesson and take a good look at what it is saying.

Jesus makes it clear that the prophets of old were tormented and mistreated, so the disciples will not be the first to experience taunting. The practice among the non-believer has continued for centuries, and yet the church remains. Why do you suppose that is? Could it be that we Christians understand the value of submission to the Holy Spirit? I would like to think that is true, and I do.

There are many ways in which we can share Christian love. It is easy to become discouraged when we have done everything we know to do in order to reach out to our community and receive little to no response. Let me encourage you to continue reaching out to those who have no relationship with Christ. Don’t give up on the Great Commission of “going into all the world with the gospel.”

Be encouraged, be happy and be loving. Someone is watching each of us and how we react to situations. Spread some happiness around so it becomes contagious, like this darn flu bug! The results are much better with happiness than with the flu. Amen.

The Most Rev. Michae Layne is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or through where you can read more of his blogs.

Text Only
  • Church Briefs Sandcreek Baptist ChurchBe sure to mark the date for next Sunday’s business meeting and plan to attend. Prior to the meeting, the youth will be conducting the worship service. Come and support these young people as they grow in confidence and strengt

    July 26, 2014

  • A positive minute: Reunions are something to look forward to Donna and I recently made our way to Shelbyville, Illinois where we met up with her siblings and their families at Lake Shelbyville. The campgrounds were well-kept, clean and very peaceful. The rooms and the lodge were very nice.We had a great time w

    July 19, 2014

  • We could learn a lesson from rodeo: Either let go...or be dragged A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing hi

    July 19, 2014

  • Church Briefs Liberty Baptist ChurchSunday, July 20Liberty Baptist Church will have Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. with the Lesson being, “Overcome Temptation” from 1 Corinthians 10: 6-22; Devotional Reading: Hebrews 3: 7-14, and Background Script

    July 19, 2014

  • Church Briefs Sandcreek Baptist ChurchWhat a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! The weather was perfect and the parade was even bigger and better than last year. Enjoyed seeing all of the children with their bikes, some riding in wagons, etc. Hope you were there to

    July 12, 2014

  • Poverty has its advantages I must confess to a severe case of poverty. I never took a vow of poverty; it just seems to have worked out that way for me. I am so poor the church mice have packed their bags and moved on. If I knew where they moved to, I might join them.Being poor

    July 12, 2014

  • A positive minute: Facing the wind Do you remember those great stories out of the Old Testament of the Holy Bible?Stories like when Abraham trusted that God would take care of his need when he was about to sacrifice his son and at the last second God provided a lamb thus saving his so

    July 5, 2014

  • Church Briefs Sandcreek Baptist ChurchWell, I was right. There’s nothing like the food at a church pitch-in along with cook-out hamburgers and hot dogs.As usual, I ate too much but just had to have some of that blackberry dessert. We had a good day and as usual th

    July 5, 2014

  • chu-gb070514 McBrayer pic Keeping the faith: A garden in the wilderness More than a decade ago, former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed a massive granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. Two years later it was removed by cour

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • A positive minute: Never alone Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”Do you remember the movie Home Alone? Somehow this child was left at home when the family left for a vacation. What happens is rather humorous as two bumbling thieves attem

    June 28, 2014