These sketches/outlines are taken from messages delivered in SVCC's Sunday morning worship services.

  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Goodness - Matthew 23.25-28

    Last week we talked about the fruit of the spirit “kindness.” This week we will explore “goodness.” The two overlap in meaning -- in fact, the Greek root word Paul uses for “kind” is often also translated as “good” in our English Bibles.  But there is a distinction here in the list of the fruits of Spirit in Galatians 5.22-23. Paul listed both kindness and goodness as separate fruits of the spirit to emphasize their unique meanings.

  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Kindness - Galatians 5.16-25

    Our guest David Mollel and I were talking yesterday about a crisis in both of our our cultures as well as the body of Christ. In Tanzania as well as the US, young men are unwilling to commit to families; at the same time, Christians are unwilling to commit to God. This crisis of commitment has vast implications. A generation is committed to nothing except keeping their options open -- perhaps too open to be anything but destructive.

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  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Patience - Galatians 5.16-26

    How do you measure “spiritual success”? I once had a friend tell me that if I wanted to be successful as a minister that I had to first and foremost learn how to “ooze spirituality.” He was not a Christian, and even though he sincerely meant well, his analysis of spiritual success was both intriguing -- and disturbing. I just wanted to follow Jesus, not “ooze” anything!

  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Peace - Philippians 4.6-7

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

    “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4.6-7 NIV)

  • How to Live and Die Happy: True Joy

    Part 3 in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit

    If we want to know how to live and die happy, we have to define happiness. I believe that happiness is knowing that your life matters, that you have a purpose, that your life counts for something. Does your life mean something? Do you know that you have a higher purpose than living day to day? In the end, will it make any difference whether you were here or not?

  • Photo by Alan Johnson, Camp Cedar Lake, Big Bear, California
  • How to Live and Die Happy: Spirit Walkers - Galatians 5:16-26

    Part 1 in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit


    Did you know one of the founding principles of our nation is happiness? The Declaration of Independence says loud and clear: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

  • Seventy Sevens - Daniel 9.20-27

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    Have you ever tried to jam in a puzzle piece that just doesn’t quite fit? That is what interpreting this Scripture is like. When you turn it one way, most of the edges line up, but it won’t go in. And when you twist it another way, the part that wouldn’t fit before lines up perfectly, but now two other edges won’t fit. For some of us who like to have control (we know who we are!), this can make some Scriptures, like today’s, frustrating to study.


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