Posts Tagged ‘God

17
May
17

Praises And Curses

Our tongues are capable of such greatness. We can utter prayers to our Father in Heaven on behalf of loved ones who are sick or in distress. We can sing majestic hymns and powerful songs of praise to our God. We can tell people about the good news of Jesus Christ and see them come to faith in Him. Yet, in the very next breath, we can tear people to shreds with insults, gossip and backstabbing. This is what James says:

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. – James 3:9-10 (NIV)

All people are made in the image of God. When you insult and put down a human being, you are insulting our Creator. James says that when we praise God out of one side of our mouths and curse His most prized creation out of the other, it is like a fresh water spring producing salt water or a fig tree bearing olives or a grapevine producing figs. It just doesn’t make sense. So be careful little tongue what you say. God loves people and if you love God, you should love people too. Let your words reflect the love you have for both.
09
May
17

I Can Be A Christian Without Going To Church

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the final message in our series, “Fake News & Alternative Facts” and is based on Hebrews 10:19-25.

05
May
17

Mercy And Judgment

Since we’re all sinners and lawbreakers, according to James 2:10-11, how should we view one another? Through eyes of mercy. If we are all going to be judged by God, how should we treat each other? Let us treat each other mercifully. This is what James says:

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:12-13 (NIV)

We are not going to help each other get better by  pointing fingers and condemning one another. We’re all working on our own stuff. God is merciful and He will show mercy to those who act mercifully. He will not show mercy to anyone who does not act mercifully. If we want mercy, we’ve got to show mercy. Author Dave Willis says, “Don’t treat people the way they treat you. Treat them the way God treats you.” God treats you with grace and mercy. Go and do likewise.
04
May
17

Breaking The Law

We sometimes believe that sin is not really all that bad. We’ll attach greater weight to some sins more than others. While some sins have greater consequences than others, they’re all the same and Jesus had to die for them all. James wrote:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. – James 2:10-11 (NIV)

Sin is a big deal. Our sin sent Jesus to the cross. Unforgiven sin sends people to hell. Sin is no laughing matter. Whether you commit one sin in your entire life or 10,000 sins in a week, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment and to pay the penalty for all of our many sins once and for all. Put your faith and trust in Him to forgive your many sins and by the grace of God, He will.
02
May
17

Faith And Wealth

We get it all wrong sometimes when it comes to wealth and faith. We may be tempted to think that if we had more money, we’d be better Christians. We could tithe more and worry less. That’s not necessarily true. Listen to what James says:

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? – James 2:5 (NIV)

When we are poor, we need more faith to make it through each day. Our hope and our faith is not in wealth or material possessions. Our hope and our faith are in God. More money means more problems. Less money means deeper faith. When God is all you’ve got, you discover that God is all you need. What do you want more, money or God? Only one leads to eternal life in Heaven.
26
Apr
17

I Have To Earn My Salvation

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This is the second message in our series, “Fake News & Alternative Facts.”

26
Apr
17

Obedience & Blessings

Do you look around at your life and wonder, “Why doesn’t God bless me?” We sometimes wonder if God is withholding His blessings as a way of punishing us. Maybe we are bringing it on ourselves. James says:
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. – James 1:25 (NIV)
I have two thoughts regarding blessings and obedience. First, if you’re not obeying, God’s not blessing. It doesn’t mean you can hold your obedience over His head and demand blessings. That’s pride and that’s not how it works. What it does mean is that God knows what is best and when we obey Him, good things tend to happen more than bad things. Disobedience makes bad things happen.
Second, maybe we need to re-calibrate our idea of blessings. How many of us are REALLY blessed, but we just fail to realize how we have been truly blessed. God is good and He gives us many good gifts. He gives us spiritual, relational, emotional and physical blessings abundantly.  Let’s not take His blessings for granted and instead, let’s be grateful for what we have been given.



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