Do you hear voices in your head? No, you’re not crazy! We all hear thoughts and ideas in our minds (or soul) that often sounds like wisdom. James addresses two forms of wisdom that we must distinguish between—wisdom from heaven and wisdom from the devil. It’s vitally important that we know the difference and can […]
Words have immeasurable power! James uses five examples to make his point: a teacher leading and directing people; a bit in the mouth of a horse that makes it obey and turn the whole animal; a ship being steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go; a tiny spark that sets […]
In James 2:14-24 we read a passage that many believe to be very controversial and still others feel it is even contradictory to other writings from the New Testament. We read scriptures from Paul’s writings like Ephesians 2:8-9 states ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is […]
Our culture is plagued with discrimination. Marked by racism, cliques, the poor devalued, and gender inequality; favoritism causes huge division and damage. If God’s commands can be summed up by loving God with everything we are and loving others as we love ourselves then these mentalities have no place in a believer’s life! We must […]
The book of James is incredibly practical. It deals with many core issues that we struggle with and how our faith in Christ, put into action, can overcome our frailties and issues. Anger and deception are addressed specifically in this teaching. We also discuss the correct aim we should have with our ‘religion.’
Jesus was tempted in every way, yet without sin. He promises us that with every temptation, He will make a way of escape. In this teaching we will look at how temptations occur in our lives; how they increase when we allow them to and the fruit that they bare. Most importantly we address how […]
We are exhorted by James that if we ask God for something we must believe and not doubt. Such doubting is characterized by being “double-minded” and being “unstable in all of our ways.” Why do we waver in our faith? In Mark 9, we read of an interaction between Jesus and the father of a […]
The only life pleasing to the Lord is one lived out in faith. In our lives we are promised many trials and hardships. It is these very trials that test our faith. James says that they do such a work in us that we should have joy when we encounter these tests.
In this second message on depression in the Healing and Dealing series we will focus on how we can help our loved ones struggling with depression and how truth from God’s word can help all of us when dealing with this terrible reality within our world.
“Depression is like a war: You either win or die trying.” This quote summarizes the terrible reality for many who struggle with depression. Christians are not immune from depression either although the church has largely ignored depression and discounted it as spiritual weakness. In part 1 of this Healing and Dealing series we will […]
We are encouraged throughout Scripture to be in each other’s lives; to bear one another’s burdens and to love one another. This necessitates that we be involved in restoring someone who has sinned. Paul says to the Galatians that if someone has been caught in sin that “you who are spiritual should restore him gently”. […]
There is a war within the human soul that trusts in Jesus as their Lord. That battle is between our fallen sinful nature that we are born into and the new nature given to us by Christ Jesus when we become born again believers. Paul admonishes us to “live by the Spirit and you will […]
A semi-truck barreling towards us is an easy cue for us to get out of the way or we will suffer major loss. However, smaller things that we may not see approaching us; or worse, something we may think is harmless can be our undoing. Allowing that ‘small thing’ that doesn’t fit with the purposes […]
Before we knew God we were slaves. Knowing God is not just mental assent; it is an intimate bond. We walk right back into a form of spiritual slavery when we bond to something or someone else other than Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul uses an illustration of two women in whom Abraham had intimacy […]
The gospel was announced in advance to Abraham, known as the father of our faith. Abraham was justified before God not based on anything he himself did or did not do, but rather because of his faith. He believed and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Jesus was revealed to Abraham centuries before Jesus […]
When we first embrace the grace of God through faith, we realize just how unworthy we are and how much we are in need of our Savior. Without God pursuing us through His Spirit and offering us redemption, we could not be saved. We didn’t deserve it and somehow we realized that—that is grace. Gradually, […]
All through scripture we see God’s heart for those who are poor in this world’s possessions. It seems to be also at the heart of Jesus’ ministry, His incarnation, and something by which we will be judged. Are we eager to remember the poor?
One of the most frequent charges leveled against the Church, unfortunately, is that it is full of hypocrites. A hypocrite is someone who plays a part; someone who pretends to be what they are not. A hypocrite says one thing and does another. Paul uses an example of opposing one of the pillars of the […]
In this passage in Galatians we read Paul discussing the ongoing challenge of the Christian Jews who were insisting that circumcision was required to be a believer. The object of the discussion is Titus, a Gentile who have converted to Christianity and was a companion of Paul’s and a servant in the ministry. Titus was […]
Everyone wants to be accepted and well liked. Who doesn’t? No one wants to be shunned or rejected, that certainly does not feel good, does it? Therefore, at a certain level we all seek approval from others. The danger is when we desire that acceptance or approval at any cost. It becomes our motivation and […]
There are many believers that quickly desert the true gospel message of Scripture for another one that seems pleasing to them; one that as Paul points out is no gospel (or good news) at all. Paul confronted this very thing at the church in Galatia. Here the church started to believe they must do works […]