We give God praise and thanks for our gathering together again in His name. May He be glorified by us today!
A new study out of Switzerland shows that people who are generous and focus on helping others are happier than those who act on their own self-interests. Philippe Tobler and Ernst Fehr from the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich, along with a team of international researchers, conducted an experiment with 50 people in a lab. The team sought to investigate how areas of the brain communicate to produce feelings of happiness.
The study’s participants were promised 25 Swiss francs a week for four weeks. Twenty-five of them were asked to spend the money on others; the other 25 were told they could spend it on themselves. The participants consistently reported that giving made them feel good. MRI scans of their brains were done simultaneously and showed that one area of the brain triggers a response in another area that is related to happiness.
“Generosity and happiness improve individual well-being and can facilitate societal success,” they said. “However, in everyday life, people underestimate the link between generosity and happiness and therefore overlook the benefits of … spending” on others, they continued. Christian Smith, a University of Notre Dame sociologist and Hilary Davidson, note in the book, The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose, that generosity has a positive effect on the brain and a lack of generosity can have a negative effect. Smith cited a study showing that stingy people have been shown to secrete more cortisol in the brain, a stress hormone that is known for creating “wear and tear” on the body.
Once again the Bible has been proved to be true. “The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” (Proverbs 11:25). “…It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:25). Let us open our hearts and hands to those around us whenever the opportunity arises and keep on giving!
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
LUNCH HOUR HOTLINE /WARFARE PRAYER
5:30p.m.- Warfare Prayer
PRAISE & ADORATION PRACTICE
HOUR-OF-POWER PRAYER SESSION
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Worship & Ministry Service, 9:00 a.m.
The Kingdom Men’s Ministry Meeting, 6:00p.m.
The King’s Daughters & Kingdom Men’s Ministry Conference
“Walking, Talking & Looking Like the Men & Women of God”.
August 31st, September 1st & 3rd, 2017.
Fruit Of The Spirit
Part 2: Fruit of the Spirit – Visible Growth in Jesus Christ
Longsuffering (patience) — We are “strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11). “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
Gentleness (kindness) — We should live “in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left” (2 Corinthians 6:6-7).
Goodness – “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).
Faith (faithfulness) – “O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth” (Isaiah 25:1). “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:16-17).
Meekness – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
Temperance (self-control) – “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Fruit of the Spirit – A Devotional for All Christians
The fruit of the Spirit is a wonderful study for Christians at any level of spiritual maturity. We hope this website provides a thought-provoking devotional and a springboard for growth.
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