“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin." James 2:8-9 The second chapter of James begins with a command for Christians to show no partiality to others. James gives an illustration of a … Continue reading Favoritism and the Royal Law
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 Near the end of the film Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella (portrayed by Kevin Costner) yields to a moment of frustration. After mowing … Continue reading What’s in it for Me?
“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.” Jonah 4:1 ESV Jonah was on no vacation far away in a foreign land. This prophet from Israel had been sent by God to Nineveh, a great city filled with great evil. At first call, Jonah ran away and ended up in a raging sea. Through God's … Continue reading Do You Do Well to be Angry with God?
“Live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you … Continue reading A Steely Resolve to Live for God
"His horn is exalted in honor." (Psalm 112:9) Psalm 112 speaks of the blessings that come to the one who fears the Lord and delights in His commands. Such a person is described as gracious, merciful, righteous and generous. The God-fearer is stable, secure and steady in the Lord. He or she will never be … Continue reading His Horn is Exalted in Honor
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who … Continue reading The Power of Prayer
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4 ESV) Christopher Christian Sturm (1740-1786) was a German preacher who wrote Reflections on … Continue reading What is Man?