Posts from February 2021

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 4 of 4

If humans, good men, and women, can become our best friends to supply support, respect, positive reinforcement, forgiveness, and unconditional love, think of the level of friendship God as our Friend, can supply! He is not only our Father but our Friend as well. As David said in Psalm 34:15 NKJV The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. Compare Jeremiah 3:4, James 2:23,  Abraham a “friend of God.” WHAT IT…

Modesty is Always in Style

They say that if you keep your clothes long enough they’ll come back into style. I guess the idea is that style is ever changing but never very new. It seems that one style that is coming back this summer is the very short dress and very short “shorts” for women. This is always a challenge for Christian females – how to keep up with styles without compromising what is proper. Of course, when it comes to proper dress, the…

The Real Enemy

The new millennium has reminded us of the many ways we are vulnerable. It began with the New Year’s Eve meltdown scare back in 2000 and has continued with successive onslaughts like the 9/11 attack, financial scandals, a wave of child abductions across the country, and an persistant conflict in the Middle East. Each one of these reminds us that our nation, our wealth, even our children are not safe even in their own beds! In response to these disturbing…

James: Four PS’s from James

In this final lesson, Mike will review the six ways Christians are different and James’ final words of encouragement to his readers. In this final chapter I would like to review what we have covered in this book so far and then examine the last verses where James himself leaves his readers with some things that they need to remember after finishing his letter. First, the review. The Jews to whom James was writing were discouraged because of the alienation…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 3 of 4

You’re a good, good Father, It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are. And I’m loved by you, It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am. -Songwriters: Anthony Brown and Pat Barrett 1 Corinthians 6:18 – “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.” Psalm 89:26 – “You are my Father, my God, the Rock, my Savior” WHAT HE MEANS TO ME AS MY GOD,…

James: Who’s the Boss?

James outlines the basic rules for success that Christian business people should follow. Ever notice that we always take God into consideration when we are sick or have trouble in our relationships but rarely consider His sovereignty in our business affairs? We pray over meals, for the sick and the poor but when was the last time we saw a prayer offered over a business deal? In his epistle, James tells us that failure to consider Him as Lord over…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 2 of 4

“My God and I go in the field together. We walk and talk as good friends should and do.” In any relationship that is threatened with separation or lack of closeness, one of the topics to discuss is: How is your communication with one another? For those of us who are married, we know how vital that is, even though we sometimes are resistant to improvement in this area. But as the  song says, “My God and I…we walk and…

James: Who Do You Think You Are?

James addresses the causes and cures for the destructive sins of harsh criticism and gossip. Nothing destroys a Christian’s faith faster than his own tongue. James, therefore, spends two out of the five chapters of his epistle dealing with the sins of the tongue and the damage created by these. Before, he talked about teachers and the heavenly or earthly source of the wisdom that guided their speech. Now, in chapter 4, he will address the sin of gossip that…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 1 of 4

WE WALK TOGETHER My God and I go in the field together, We walk and talk as good friends should and do; We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter, My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue. He tells me of the years that went before me, When heavenly plans were made for me to be, When all was but a dream of dim conception To come to life, earth’s radiant glory see. My God and I…