Entries by sarahp

Life with Jesus is Rich!

Today’s Scripture: James 5 When I read “Warning to the Rich,” the heading in today’s reading, I thought, “doesn’t apply to me, I’m not “rich”.” Taking a closer look, I think James isn’t talking about monetary wealth. I remember a time when I had it all! I was leading worship at our local church, my […]

Pride vs. Humility

Today’s Scripture: James 4 “Pride” is a buzzword in our culture today. Phrases abound from the accomplishments of our children to the identities we have created for ourselves. We are proud of what we do, who we are, and what we or our family members have accomplished. Clearly in our culture, people want to feel […]

The Power of the Tongue

Today’s Scripture: James 3 The tongue is a powerful weapon. If used properly, it can help mend the broken, encourage the weak, create positivity, and bring nations together. The same tongue can also break a person’s spirit, curse humankind, and divide cultures out of fear and hate. James 3: 9 With the tongue we praise […]

Transcending Prejudice

Today’s Scripture: James 2 James chapter 2 begins with a provocative question which is as relevant today as when it was first posed nearly 2,000 years ago: James 2:1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? The […]

Wise Advice

Today’s Scripture: James 1 Most often we cannot control what a jerkface does or doesn’t do. But, we can control our response. And, we can control whether we are a jerkface or not. The book of James gives us some practical tools to use in our daily lives, which help us pursue humility. For example, […]

How To Not Hate A Jerkface – Resources

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Everyone is Welcome

Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 3 I don’t know about you, but these days I really wonder why God puts up with all the evil going on in our world! Every day the news reports more injustice, more immorality, more sickness, more violence, more … crazy! When will it be enough so that God will finally […]

“Fake News”

Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 2 Think fake news is scary? False teaching is the Christian equivalent to journalistic misinformation. It is committing the same kinds of deception with much more at stake! Like fake news, false teaching has a long history. In Genesis 3:1, a deceiving question was asked: “The serpent was the shrewdest of […]

Follow Me

Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 1 During our walk with God, it can be deceptively easy to become complacent in our faith. On a personal level, I sometimes catch myself “going through the motions” of followership, which can all too easily mask dormancy in my faith journey. In these moments, I need to remind myself that […]

Healthy Boundaries

Today’s Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3 As Christians, being told to “stay away” from someone can feel like a direct violation against how we’re called to live. We’re called to love everyone, to forgive everything, and to turn the other cheek when dealing with difficult people—how can we justify staying away from someone? And yet, in […]