James 1:2-4 ESV Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Trials of Various Kinds Are you going through a trial right … Continue reading Knowing and Doing
Observe Carefully Proverbs 23:1-3 ESV When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food. We should not be given to gluttony, for certain. But, what is … Continue reading Live Wisely
The Way You Judge Matthew 7:1-5 NASB “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not … Continue reading Wise Words
The Tongue Proverbs 15:1, 2, 4, 7, 23, 28 ESV A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. The lips … Continue reading Good Counsel
Let’s have a show of hands. How many of us, when we go through tough trials, immediately count it all joy? How many of us delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and in difficulties? How many of us, when people hate us, when they exclude us and insult us and reject our … Continue reading Leap for Joy?
In our communications with other people, are we being led of the flesh or of the Spirit, or is it sometimes one and sometimes the other? Or, can we be speaking in the power of the Spirit, and then can we switch gears, and speak out of our flesh? How do we know if it … Continue reading Grace and Salt
We all experience trials in this life, at least to some extent. Some people seem to have more than their fair share of them, though, while others appear to be relatively trouble free. But, appearances can be deceiving. We don’t really know what goes on in other people’s lives unless we know them well, and … Continue reading Drop the Masks