Daily Living For the Christ Followers (Acts 2:42-47)


Acts 2:42-47     What did daily life look like in those early days of the forming Christian Church? This passage gives us a view into the way they lived, encouraged one another, and served the mission of Christ to the world. By living such ways they were attracting others into the Christian faith. TheContinue reading “Daily Living For the Christ Followers (Acts 2:42-47)”

Living Freely in Honesty (James 5:12)


James 5:12 (NIV)   Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.   Honesty is the best policy, that’s what the old saying says.  James is also giving wisdom that is very old, asContinue reading “Living Freely in Honesty (James 5:12)”

Patient Trust in Life’s Stress (James 5:7-11)


James 5:7-11   I appreciate James’ words in this passage about being patient.  I think we all need the reminder to be patient from time to time.  James uses the example of farmers, and I snicker.  I once had a farmer tell me, “We farmers only work about six weeks a year.  three weeks ofContinue reading “Patient Trust in Life’s Stress (James 5:7-11)”

Share The Blessings (James 5:1-6)


James 5: 1-6 I sat in my study listening to a man who was clearly upset and disturbed.  He was upset with his boss, because of unreasonable schedules, lack of raises, and generally feeling unappreciated.  He was looking for a new job. I will never forget his words, “That’s the last time I will everContinue reading “Share The Blessings (James 5:1-6)”

Lay Your Plans Before God (James 4:13-17)


James 4:13-17 Do you lay your plans before the Lord? When ideas come into your heart do you pray about them or simply just jump in? There are times to jump in or take leaps of faith, but James reminds us to lay our plans before God. This wisdom comes down through time, right backContinue reading “Lay Your Plans Before God (James 4:13-17)”

Don’t Judge, but Submit to the The Judge (James 4:7-12)


James 4:7-12   James has been speaking of fighting among people, and now gets to the heart of things.  Disagreements not only come from our own personal desire, but often come from how we judge others.  All too often people look at a distance on the lives of others and judge them, predetermining that theyContinue reading “Don’t Judge, but Submit to the The Judge (James 4:7-12)”

Get Beyond Ourselves to Get Along (James 4:1-6)


James 4:1-6 Years ago I remember listening to my parents talk about a church meeting at their church. Several people shared their opinions on an issue, some with passion. They turned to my father, one of the oldest leaders on the church at the time. They asked his opinion, and he replied, “I think it’sContinue reading “Get Beyond Ourselves to Get Along (James 4:1-6)”

The Life of a Follower: Living in Contentment and Paitence


James 5:7-11 The life of a follower is a life built on Patience and waiting.  Our entire life of faith is built on waiting for the promise of God’s return. Everything else we go through in life whether blessing or suffering is really nothing compared to the blessing of Christ, and what we will haveContinue reading “The Life of a Follower: Living in Contentment and Paitence”