Words to Live By

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” – James 1:19 We’ve been talking about God solutions the past couple of days, and in the Book of James, we receive another brilliant message: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” What a sound philosophy that is. This wisdom answers a question about the anger issues many people experience today. People want to know what they should do when they’re angry or what to do if someone is mad at them. What is God’s solution for our response? Let me repeat God’s wisdom: Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry! We must ask the Lord to help us walk in this advice. Do you think a

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Blessings at the Back of the Line

“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we want you to do for us whatever we ask.’ ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked. They replied, ‘Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.’ ” – Mark 10:35-37 Whenever we study the Bible, it’s helpful to understand the cultural and historical context of the stories. Although we don’t always think about it, Jesus was living in what was perhaps the greatest and most powerful nation in human history. The Roman empire was the seat of world dominion and it was all about power, which was dictated from the top down. It was a place where people were vying for authority and where Caesar was in his lofty position only because he had an army. The Jews were living in the

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No or yes…

“Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear – not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ Otherwise you will be condemned.” -James 5:12 Jesus is omnipresent through those of us who believe. In other words, we put skin on God. That doesn’t mean we’re God or that we’re perfect. We’re going to make all our same mistakes, right? We’re going to age, we’re going to sin, we’re going to mess up, and we’re going to trip and fall. Yet, still within us, alongside our spirit is the Holy Spirit that makes Jesus present everywhere we go. Therefore, we always want God to break open the clouds and reveal himself to us. It may be by just saying, “Hello, I’m here.” Or, by revealing himself in our dreams. Or, maybe he’ll do the burning bush thing again;

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