What will we study this year? How will we deepen our relationship with God this year?
The last time I wrote it was about grieving and lamenting loss, particularly loss because of COVID-19. Well here we are, three months later, and most things are still closed or cancelled. So because of COVID-19, I have too much time on my hands this summer. So what have I been doing during this time… Continue reading Lifelines
Proof that we have faith, that we love Jesus, is that we are obedient to his teaching.
What do you see in the mirror? What mirror are you looking in?
Sunday Pastor KPaul talked about James 1:1-4, about letting perseverance finish its work in our lives. (If you missed it, check it out here: Faith Works Sermons.) So while I was knitting today I have been pondering some things. The word perseverance (or steadfastness as some translations have it) implies that there are obstacles or difficulties… Continue reading Courageous Perseverance
The book of James is a letter. Since it is a letter, it is helpful to know who the author is and who the recipients are and, if possible, why the letter was written. Let’s start with the author. “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,” is how the author is… Continue reading Who is James?
I am working towards my master’s in theology. Today was the last meeting of the pastoral care and ministry class. It was different than the other classes that I have had in this program. The professor called it a lab course. I want to call it a “building community” course. We had a couple of… Continue reading Community and Communion
I said no today.
Today is the last day of 2020. Since 2020 was such a spectacular year (cue the sarcasm), most of us can't wait for tomorrow. But I don't think things are suddenly going to be different in our world tomorrow. The only thing that will change at midnight is the date. Unless we decide to change… Continue reading Finishing 2020
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 This is a good verse to remember. These are the things by which we should be identified as Christians. Sadly, I have seen more of the opposite lately. Right above thess two verses it… Continue reading Fruit of the Spirit
What do we do with the loss that we feel for the things corona virus has stolen from us?
My parents taught me by example in most things in life. And one thing I saw them do was attend funerals and go to visitations. They made time to go, not just for family, but for friends, for people from church and from work. They went out of their way to be there. I've known… Continue reading Presence
Where do you run when trouble comes? What is the answer to your suffering?
Think about your favorite book or movie. In the story line, is there suffering? Is there struggle? Do the characters persevere to a good end? I can think of some stories that don't come to a good end, but they aren't my favorites by far. One of my favorite stories is the Lord of the… Continue reading Choose your own adventure
We do not often write complete letters these days. We write emails and notes, but letters are becoming obsolete. It used to be that the letter was the only way to communicate with people who were not physically with you. I've written a few letters in my life since I was almost 20 when email… Continue reading Waiting for Justice
What are you building? Is it what you want or what God wants? If you have no idea what I am talking about, click here to hear Pastor Quincy McGhee's sermon from Sunday on James 4:7-12. You do not want to miss it! Photo by John-Mark Smith on Pexels.com But back to the question: What… Continue reading How are you building?