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.
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!
We often assume a disconnect between what we believe and how we function. God shows us how we can use what we do to build our spiritual life, through Sabbath rest, holy sweat and patient investment.
Studies In The Psalms | Repentance and the Possibility of Real Integrity | Sermon on Psalm 51, Part 1
The Lord reigns over all things in creation - nothing is outside his righteous command, nothing is kept from his purview, nothing is beyond his reach. Christians delight not only in their salvation but in his lordship.
The descriptions of king and queen in Psalm 45 tightly parallel the wedding of Jesus and his bride, and lead us to consider the beauty and joy of our union with Christ, and his delight in his bride, the Church.
When it seems things aren't going well and everything is against us, the perception might be that God has abandoned us, that he has broken his covenant with us. Psalm 44 is a helpful reminder to cry out to for God to act on our behalf in accordance with his promises.
‘“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.