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
My sister and I were great at sibling rivalry when we were kids. We fought over everything. We had the standard, "She's touching me!" or "She's on my side!" in the back seat of the car frequently. We fought over the passenger seat when we got older. We fought over toys and the bathroom and… Continue reading Sibling Rivalry
Is your tongue a spark or a spur?
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com One of the things that James says about faith without works is that it is dead. Dead. I think I miss the strength of that image for a couple of reasons. One reason is that the passage is familiar, so I don't stop and think about the images he is… Continue reading Dead or Alive
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?
I've been thinking about the first chapter of James and all the things that KPaul has talked about in the last three weeks. (See the sermon series here.) Three points that have stood out to me: Perseverance is hard, but it gives you what you need later. (Week 1)Wisdom doesn't necessarily come instantly when we… Continue reading We choose to go to the moon…
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
This week in our Faith/Works series, we are looking at James 1:5-8. Here in this passage James tells us that if we need wisdom, we should ask God who will give it generously. It is God’s character to give generously to us. Jesus talks about this too: Ask and it will be given to you;… Continue reading Whose Side Are You On?