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)”

Love For the Unwanted & Unfaithful

Since the beginning of time besides farming the “oldest profession” has always been prostitution in some form, or at least that’s how the old joke goes.  However, it is no joking matter. Even in our world today it remains a prominent business, and unfortunately enslaves millions.  Between the sex slave markets of the world andContinue reading “Love For the Unwanted & Unfaithful”

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”

Love For The Untouchables

In case you haven’t caught the theme yet for this Week’s look at Love in Advent, let me clarify.  Love for God is greater than just doing for those who do for you. I was substituting in a classroom recently and a couple of kids were playing around and joking with one another.  One said,Continue reading “Love For The Untouchables”

Loving the Unwanted: Shepherds of Bethlehem

Welcome to Bethlehem, the “place of bread” or “place of meat”. Bethlehem was part of the bread basket for all of Judah. It was where shepherds had been watching flocks, long before written history. We often see great pictures of Jesus as the Good Shepherd carrying the lamb over his shoulder. We have romanticized theContinue reading “Loving the Unwanted: Shepherds of Bethlehem”

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”

Given Grace to Share

This time of the year, as we approach Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent many people take special time to contemplate their lives and souls.  In such contemplation, we often see that in many ways we often fall short of the holiness of God. After David was confronted by his sin he went toContinue reading “Given Grace to Share”

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”

Know Hope

The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.” (Zechariah 3:4) God desires to clean his children from the dirt of a sinful world, in which we now live. Continue reading “Know Hope”