Be Holy

Are you holy? What does it mean to be holy? Does the image of a perfect person come to mind? Do you think of an older person in your church? Do you think of perfection? Do you believe that only God can be holy? Being holy does require commitment on our part. We must commitContinue reading “Be Holy”

In Sync With God

Why do you do what you do? What is your reason for going about your daily tasks? Is there a motivating factor that spurs you on? Can you define what it is that causes you to work hard? Are you doing everything for the glory of God? We all have a reason for going aboutContinue reading “In Sync With God”

God’s Gift

Have you done something to receive a gift or prize? Was the gift a lasting gift, one that you were able to use or enjoy for many years? Did you pass the gift on to others? Do you know there is a gift you can receive that will last for your entire life? We mayContinue reading “God’s Gift”

The Root

Have you ever cut down a tree? Do you know a tree will grow back if the roots are healthy? How do you stop a tree from growing back? How do you stop bad behavior? How do you keep people from being bad people? The answer to all these questions lies in the roots. YouContinue reading “The Root”

Change of Heart

What does it mean to repent? Do you know? Have you done so? Do you want to repent? Have you found it hard to repent? Are you afraid God is upset at you for needing to repent repeatedly? Repent is a word we don’t use often in our daily discussions. But just because we don’tContinue reading “Change of Heart”

Traditions

Do you like tradition? How many traditions do you keep? How many of them are traditions passed on from generation to generation? Do you know why those traditions started? Are you curious about the reasons for the tradition? We follow all kinds of traditions. Some are patriotic. Some are sports related. Some are family. Some areContinue reading “Traditions”

Reconciliation and Forgiveness

How good are you at apologizing? Do you loath the idea of saying you are sorry. When you finally grudgingly apologize, is it honest and wholehearted? Do you truly seek to reconcile differences with someone else? It seems there is no one in our world today who isn’t at odds with someone else. There isContinue reading “Reconciliation and Forgiveness”

Heartbroken

What are your thoughts as we approach Easter? Do you observe Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday? If not officially, do you think about the timeline? Do you think about the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion? What was He going through? Some denominations observe the various special days of Holy Week and someContinue reading “Heartbroken”

Poor or Rich

Do you ever ask rhetorical questions? Have you used questions to make a statement? Have you heard a teacher or someone you work with use questions this way? We see these methods of questioning used in today’s passage very effectively. James knows the answer to the questions he is asking. He also knows his audienceContinue reading “Poor or Rich”

Securely Saved

Do you know what you need to do to be saved? Are you sure you know? Have you been fooled by false teachings? Have you been led into a false sense of security? Do you want to be secure in your Savior? We see many different names on the signs in front of churches, oftenContinue reading “Securely Saved”