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Doing Good

Earlier this week, I wrote that we are saved by faith … period! And that is true. But when that happens, when the gospel takes root in the good soil of our hearts, we realize that God has called us to do good works. Our works are an expression of our faith. Notice what the…

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James 2:14-26: What is faith without works?

This week I’ve been reading and studying one of James’ famous passages, which talks about faith and works. I listened to Paige Brown and Doug Moo teach this passage this week. They reminded me that saying we believe in God is not enough. If our lives are not being transformed by our faith, producing the…

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Can you know?

Can you know your own heart? Your own motives? My husband and I are starting a study of Luke 15 and using Tim Keller’s book, The Prodigal God, as a discussion guide. We were talking today about which “brother” we most relate to. That sparked a conversation about knowing our own hearts, our own motives….

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James 2:1-13: Are you sizing others up?

Introduction We tend to judge others without even thinking about it! Judging a book by its cover Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the…

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James 1:19 - 27: Don’t Just Listen – Do!

 He brought us to life using the true Word,showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.In simple humility, let our gardener, God,landscape you with the Word,making a salvation-garden of your life. James 1:18, 21 MSG Introduction Shortly after the new year, I started a personal study of James specifically because it focuses on…

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Living in Community

Introduction There have been times when I longed to be a “lone ranger” Christian. I tend to be shy, something of a wallflower in groups of people, often feeling awkward and out of place. Introversion defines me. I am energized by spending time on my own and having my best conversations with myself. I am…

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