1. Do We Want Humility?
    27 Nov, 2018
    Do We Want Humility?
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.  James 4:10   William Law once wrote the following about humility . . . Although it is thus the soul and essence of all religious duties, yet is it, generally speaking, the least understood, the least regarded, the least intended, the least desired and sought after, of all other virtues amongst all sorts of Christians. Ouch! Is humility really the least understood, least regarded,least intended, least desired and sought after of all
  2. Our Words and Our Religion
    05 Oct, 2018
    Our Words and Our Religion
    If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.  James 1:26 Do you bridle your tongue? Sounds like a weird question, doesn't it? But it's an important one to ask. Just in case you're unclear about what is meant by the question . . . A bridle is the headgear used to control a horse.  Straps, a bit, and reins are all used to bring a horse under better control. So to bridle our tongues would be to bring our words
  3. Being Opposed by God
    01 May, 2018
    Being Opposed by God
    But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."  James 4:6  If I'm completely honest, I don't like it when someone opposes me. When I'm trying to do something and another person resists my efforts in some way, it makes me feel uncomfortable on all kinds of levels.  You all probably feel the same way. It doesn't feel so good when someone protests against us.  And it really shouldn't feel good! Think about it . . . There are times when
  4. Joy and Trials
    06 Mar, 2018
    Joy and Trials
    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4   I remember this time I was talking with a lady whose daughter had been diagnosed with an incurable disease.  Tears were in her eyes as she spoke.  I could see the pain on her face.  This situation was obviously wearing on her. I said, "I'm
  5. Are You Rich?
    20 Feb, 2018
    Are You Rich?
    Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.  Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.  Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.  You
  6. Praying for and Seeking Peace
    11 Oct, 2017
    Praying for and Seeking Peace
    And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  James 3:18 Over the last few days I've been thinking about the "Peace Prayer" often attributed to Francis of Assisi.  There is so much about this prayer that encourages and challenges me in my faith.   And when I connect James 3:18 to this prayer, I am further encouraged and challenged. I long for righteousness.  In my own life and in the world around me.   I also long for peace. James says, "a harvest of