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Archive for June, 2007

James 1:1-18

vv 16-18: 16:

Do not be deceived, my beloved. 17Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Father, this morning as I recount my blessings and my life I am filled with gratitude. I have so many things to be thankful for. Chief among them, I am grateful for you. Though my faith is often idle and slow, nevertheless, you are my hope and my salvation. I love you. I know that I need you more than my next meal.

As I recount my day with the boys yesterday, I am also filled with thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day to be with them. We played and played and played. And Caleb caught a fish!!! I am so thankful for that fish too!!!

I am grateful for my lovely wife and her willingness to walk with me in faith and truth. She keeps me honest in so many ways – and that not of her own doing but by as a character of the marriage we have entered into together.

These things I could not give myself, my Lord. They are good gifts directly from your hands. Thank you.

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Peace – Shalom

I’m preaching in a couple of weeks on Peace as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. I’m going to explore Shalom.

As I think and pray about it I am confronted by things like my previous post about envy. It makes me think, what are the things in my life that keep me from peace?

Instinctively the first thing that arises for me out this question is FEAR – fear prevents me from feeling peace. At first glance, this seems like such an obvious and flippant thing to say. Of course, fear keeps us from peace! To push back, we have to ask ourselves in what ways does fear indicate an area of sin or brokenness in our lives?

In the Bible, the most oft-used command is “Fear not.” At its heart, what do our fears say about us? What does what we are afraid of say about who we really are.

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