A Transformed Life of Faith & Service (James 2:14-26)

James 2:14-26 Many Bible scholars have tried to turn James and Paul against one another, because Paul says in Romans 5:1-2 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/ROM.5.1-2 that we are “justified by faith”. Most try to push on the fact through much of Paul’s writing he was promoting the need of faith for salvation. James comes along and writes aContinue reading “A Transformed Life of Faith & Service (James 2:14-26)”

Friendship is Good, Favoritism is Forbidden James 2:1-12

James 2:1-12 I think all of us struggle in areas of friendship. Ministers, like myself are no exceptions. In fact friendship in church leadership is often a difficult thing. As a minister I was trained and taught that I needed to try to make friendships outside the church, and not within the church I ministerContinue reading “Friendship is Good, Favoritism is Forbidden James 2:1-12”

Live The Word of Action James 1:19-25

James 1:19-25 Whenever I read this passage I am reminded of Isaiah’s call in Isaiah chapter 6. Isaiah 6 was a passage God put in my heart, as he called me into ministry service. After God asked Isaiah who he could send and Isaiah volunteered God spoke to him about the call he would have.Continue reading “Live The Word of Action James 1:19-25”

Blessed in Humbleness James 1:9-11

James 1:9-11 (NIV) 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom fallsContinue reading “Blessed in Humbleness James 1:9-11”

Wisdom’s Joy in Trials James 1:2-8

                      James 1:2-8   Does it make you happy or feel joyous when hard times or temptation comes into our life? Yet, James tells us it is a joy, a delight, to go through trials or temptations. The Joy of Trials and Hard Times isContinue reading “Wisdom’s Joy in Trials James 1:2-8”

Being Wise With The Treasure of God

Luke 16:1-13 How can Jesus use a parable about such dishonest business man? We may read this and wonder about this. Think about this for a moment. We wouldn’t want a man who cut the growth of our wealth to gain personal favor working for us. Most of us would be preparing litigation to sueContinue reading “Being Wise With The Treasure of God”

Sincere Worship

Zechariah 7:4-10 Worship is often a misunderstood thing by most of us.  When we attend a worship service we hear people talk about what touched them, what inspired them, or what made them feel good.  It may be a song, a special story, or the sermon.  Other people simply show up at church week afterContinue reading “Sincere Worship”

Living in the Maximum Forgiveness

“How many times must I forgive my brother?” (Mt. 18:21) Peter’s question is a common reaction of many of us on the journey of Christ transformation.  We often come to God with an attitude of wanting to know the minimum and not how we can simply live life.  Christ challenges Peter with a maximum answer,Continue reading “Living in the Maximum Forgiveness”