Judging Ourselves in The Law of Freedom (James 2:12-13)

James 2:12-13 Judging ourselves is a very important part of growing in faith, because it can help us avoid many pitfalls. In the verses just prior to this James warned us not to discriminate or judge others and to live in the “Royal Law of love.” James then warns us to judge ourselves. We don’tContinue reading “Judging Ourselves in The Law of Freedom (James 2:12-13)”

Jesus Became One of Us

Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.   In 1995 Joan Osborne released a song, that at the time caused many Christians to question itContinue reading “Jesus Became One of Us”

Love For the Undesireables

Some of the unwanted of society put themselves in places of rejection from the society around them.  After all, for most of us it would be hard to befriend someone who was friends of our enemies. Others of us may struggle to truly love people who make choices that are destroying their own lives. InContinue reading “Love For the Undesireables”

Merciful Blessings

“Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) Mercy in Scripture is connected with the love of God. The writer of Hebrews tells us that God is desiring a time when He can freely be God to His people. They write: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember theirContinue reading “Merciful Blessings”

Because of The Cross

“I am crucified with Christ and no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) I recently was asked to share on being “crucified with Christ, and Christ living in us” (Galatians 2:20).  It led me to the  gruesome passage, of Matthew 27:27-44 , which tells of the mocking and sufferingContinue reading “Because of The Cross”

God’s Merciful Promise

“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.  The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evilContinue reading “God’s Merciful Promise”

Love in Action is Love Indeed

1 John 3:16-20 Love is a word thrown around today so easily.  Your best friend meets someone at a party, at a bar, or in any number of ways. Then they come to your house and tell you they are in love.  Your neighbor down the street purchases a classic car from the 1950’s youContinue reading “Love in Action is Love Indeed”

Out of the Dark Waters of Sin

1 John 2:1-2 John acknowledges not only humanities greatest need, but he seems to realize just how far from perfection we really are. Sometimes living in the world is like falling off of a boat into deep dark waters. We tread water hoping for help, and in the dark we cannot even see the shoreContinue reading “Out of the Dark Waters of Sin”

Confession Opens the Soul

1 John 1:8-10 It is said in psychological circles that the first step to getting well, is to admit we have a problem. However, most people struggle with admitting that they have problems. Every person in the world lives with the problem of sin, and the only hope of answer is to admit, or confessContinue reading “Confession Opens the Soul”