All Together Now … James 4

For the people of Good Shepherd Church and in support of our current series "The Fine Art Of Belly-Aching," we're reading through the book of James this week. Each morning, I'm devoting this space to reading prompts. Today, James 4 Whew! James 4! We could spend a week...

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What We’re Doing Every Day In This Series …

For the people of Good Shepherd Church and beyond we are beginning the day in the Word rather than in the world. In support of "The Fine Art Of Belly-Aching" series, we're starting each day this week in the book of James. As part of that project, I am giving daily...

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Believe It And Not

One of my favorite verses is Mark 9:24, where a father who has asked Jesus to heal his son has the honesty to say this: Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” I love it! I have faith and no faith. I trust and I don’t. I’m...

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How To Kill A Sermon

I know a preacher is in trouble whenever he or she says, “Webster’s defines ___________ as __________________.”  Why is a dictionary reference a sure-fire sermon killer? Because in preaching you should never define a word with more words. You define a word...

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Look Intently At WHAT?

Think of all the things that get our double takes: Beautiful people. Sunsets on the beach. Sunrise on the beach. Mist rising from the mountains. The colors in a kaleidoscope. A city skyline at night. Beautiful people. And James throws in this line early in his...

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Proving A Point Or Shaping A Life?

I have recently realized that much of my bible reading is in order to prove a point.  If I am in a religious or political or cultural debate with someone, for example, then I'll just pull out my Scriptures, point out the relevant verses, and voila!  Point proven....

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