Posted by: pastordarren | August 25, 2009

Not Just Belief but a Way of Life

It has been a crazy summer and I am getting back on track with posting. 

This Sunday’s text comes from James 1 (see below) and is a follow up to last Sunday’s message on following even the hard teachings of Jesus.  Take a minute and read the text below.

Jas 1:17-27 Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing. He wanted us to be his own special people, and so he sent the true message to give us new birth. My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things that God wants done. You must stop doing anything immoral or evil. Instead be humble and accept the message that is planted in you to save you. Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget. If you think you are being religious, but can’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and everything you do is useless. Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil.

James talks about not just hearing the Word but DOING the word and allowing God’s Word to change us and change the world.  What does that mean to you?  What would that look like in your life?  What difference would that make in your family, community, and world?

I look forward to your thoughts.

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