James appears to sum up all the truths of scripture with verses 16-18. These verses focuses on the Divine love and Knowledge of God's Sovereign Grace and how it is bestowed upon us. Christ is the good gift that has been brought forth from Heaven. Through Christ, we are brought into a new way of living. It is through our Heavenly Father's loving kindness and mercy that we experience a spiritual awakening and rebirth.
Within the cultivation of an authentic Christian lifestyle, there is a sacred religious piety that evolves within the individual. This piety is not fulfilling any type of rote of religious practice. Piety is the hallmark of one's reverence toward that which is sacred and holy. There is genuine piety in a person's relationship with a … Continue reading Religious pretense and it’s harm on Christian Authenticity
Today's reading: Gen. 11 - 12:20; Ps. 4:1-3; Prov. 1:28-33; and Matt. 5:27-48 Abraham's faith came through his obedience to God The major characteristic of a truly mindful Christian is their obedience to the sovereign will of God. We grow, through our obedience, by establishing our faith in God and His promised blessings. Our confidence … Continue reading Clothed in obedience for promised blessings
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, ~ Philippians 2:14-15, ESV ~ Our natural tendency is to complain about life. Whether it is a minor inconvenience and annoyance, or, a difficult situation. We … Continue reading Without complaining
One of the greatest blessings is working with people who suffer addiction. Sitting in counsel with them and discussing presenting issues they are facing. And, coming up with a means to provide support, encouragement and hope for them is a very unique opportunity. An opportunity to see how a life transforms over time to where they become … Continue reading Spiritual Maturity through the Steps