“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” James raises a question in chapter 4: Where do all of your troubles come from? While my typical response is to blame everything and everybody around me, James offers the real answer: “Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your … Read more“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble”
A beautiful, happy scripture in a time of tumult “Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied” Acts 9:31. This is a sweet little stand-alone verse between two sections of … Read moreA beautiful, happy scripture in a time of tumult
Are You A Peacemaker? Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). I picture myself mediating between two parties at odds with each other, telling them to calm down and forgive. What a noble idea. However, that is not what Jesus means. Peacemakers are called sons of God … Read moreAre You A Peacemaker?
Confession — its Part in the Gospel The word confess means to admit, declare or assert one’s own conviction, openly. Note first that confession is personal. If it is true confession it is the declaring of things personally known or believed, one’s own conviction. Secondly, notice that confession is an open declaration. How open, … Read moreConfession — its Part in the Gospel
WoW! Things are a little crazy right now. The uncertainty of life and the fragile nature of our world has slapped us in the face! We are not in control of our own personal or collective destiny. However, the most important things of all have not changed. Consider Psalms 16. It closes with these … Read moreWoW! Things are a little crazy right now!
“Blessed are those who mourn.” How? “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). The blessing is not in the pain, burden or grief. The blessing is in the comfort that mourners receive. There is much pain and grief in this life for which there is no relief. Time has a … Read more“Blessed are those who mourn.” How?
“Why doesn’t God do something? God’s people do not need to panic when things are not going well. God sees the bigger picture. We live in the moment. These moments can be full of trouble and discouragement. The books of Exodus, Ruth, Esther, and the Prophets record events in times of helplessness and hopelessness for God’s … Read moreWhy Doesn’t God Do Something?