Resilient: Joyful Community in Challenging Times | Envisioning the Steadfast Christian | James 1:12-18

Trials raise questions about faith and life. When we consider trials and our response to them, we wonder whether we can trust that the God who is in charge of our trials really loves us. What James shows us - that God is the source of every good gift and every perfect gift, even and especially the trials - is at once challenging and comforting.

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Posted on September 24, 2017 .

Resilient: Joyful Community in Challenging Times | Meeting Trials With Joy | James 1:1-12

James offers us great encouragement if we’re exploring who Jesus is and wonder if we really should commit ourselves to him. The letter emboldens Christians who find that following Jesus invites unique challenges in a world increasingly disinterested in Jesus. When we face personal trials, wrestle with temptation, or struggle to pursue unity in our fractured society, James shows us how to do so -- with joy!

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Posted on September 17, 2017 .

Studies in the Psalms | Psalm 40

‘“Psalm 40” is interesting in that it suggests a time in which grace will replace karma, and love replace the very strict laws of Moses (i.e. fulfill them). I love that thought. David, who committed some of the most selfish as well as selfless acts, was depending on it. That the scriptures are brim full of hustlers, murderers, cowards, adulterers and mercenaries used to shock me; now it is a source of very great comfort.’ — Bono, The Book of Psalms, Introduction.

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Posted on May 28, 2017 .