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Thursday, March 29, 2007

God really honors us when we walk in integrity.

The Bible says, "I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity." 1 Chronicles 29:17

And yet, we also desire integrity in the lives of others and in our own lives.

All of us want to have integrity between what we say and what we do.

But we struggle with this don’t we.

We get frustrated. Disappointed. Angry with ourselves and with others when we see a lack of integrity.

I mean we want to be godly Christians but we find ourselves committing the same sin over and over again.

We want to be godly parents but we find ourselves disciplining in an inconsistent and angry manner.

We say that we don’t want to be materialistic but we find ourselves continually in debt.

We say we want to spend more time with the kids, but we just can’t find the time.

We say that having intimate conversations with our spouse is of value but we go weeks not having those kinds of conversations.

There is a definite disconnect between what we say and what we do.

It’s frustrating

We struggle.

How can we walk in integrity.

Read the Bible in a transforming way. Let God's Word speak to you on a daily basis.

Find someone to be accountable to. Tell them the area in which you are struggling and give them permission to check up on you.

Be authentic. Always strive to be the person that you are. God created you to be you! He loves you! There is no one else like you! Use the gifts that God has given you!

Live in forgiveness. Admit when you are wrong. Probably the greatest "reconciler" in every relationship that we have are the words, "I was wrong. Please forgive me."

May we walk in integrity today!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What is true spiritual courage?

Well, it's been a few months since I went skydiving. I've had people tell me that it took a lot of courage to do that. Although behind my back they are probably saying it took a lot of stupidity!

Courage in our culture is connected with taking risks.

Jumping the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle, coming over Niagara Falls in a barrel, walking on a tightrope between skyscrapers, or crossing the ocean in a rowboat are called courageous acts because people risk their lives by doing these things.

But I would suggest to you that none of these dare-devil acts comes form the center of who we are. They all come from the desire to test our physical limits and fulfill some innate desire to feel the "thrill" of what we are doing or gaining fame and popularity.

But spiritual courage is different. It is following the deepest desires of our hearts at the risk of losing fame and popularity. It is the willingness to lose what is temporary in order to gain what is eternal - eternal life.

Now that's courage.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

God's love

One thing I am learning, God loves me. Trust you know that today.

Here's a great story by author Alister McGrath in his book "Doubting." It illustrates how we can know God loves us.

"An aunt of mine died some time ago, having lived to be 80 or so. She had never married. During the course of clearing out her possessions, we came across a battered old photograph of a young man. My aunt had, it turned out, fallen hopelessly in love as a young girl. It had ended tragically. She never loved anyone else and kept a photograph of the man she had loved for the remainder of her life.

Why? Partly to remind herself that she had once been loved by someone. As she had grown old, she knew that she would have difficulty believing that, at one point in her life, she really had meant something to someone—that someone had once cared for her and regarded her as his everything. It could all have seemed a dream, an illusion, something she had invented in her old age to console her in her declining years—except that the photograph gave the lie to that.
It reminded her that it had not been invented; she really loved someone once and was loved in return. The photograph was her sole link to a world in which she had been valued.

The communion bread and wine are like that photograph. They reassure us that something that seems too good to be true—something that we might even be suspected of having invented—really did happen."

Great stuff....

Monday, March 26, 2007

"Are you saved"?

To be candid with you, I've always been a little bit uneasy with the term "saved". We use that a lot in our walk with Christ.

"Bob got saved," we say, or, "Julie got saved."

We ask, "are you saved?"

I guess the question is "saved from what?"

Not don't start throwing stones, I'm not against the word, I'm just saying that it needs to be put into context.

You talk with a secular person and ask, "are you saved," and they might look at you like you are some creature from Mars.

What does it mean to be "saved?"

One time Jesus gives the sins of a woman who came an anointed his feet with oil. He said to her (In Luke 7:48), "Your sins are forgiven." And those (verse 49) who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Then (Jesus) said to the woman (verse 50), Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

The word saved used by Jesus is the Greek word sozo which means to save, heal cure, preserve, keep safe and sound, rescue from danger or destruction, deliver.

Sozo saves from physical death by healing, and from spiritual death by forgiving sin and its effects.

Sozo in primitive cultures is translated simply "to give new life" and "to cause to have a new heart."

Perhaps the better question might not be "are you saved," "but, "have you received spiritual life by connecting with God through Jesus Christ?"

Long I know, but more specific as to what you are asking for.

By the way, "Are you saved?"

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Random thoughts

Random thoughts......

Ohio State will win "March Madness". I think Oden is really coming into his own. Florida? Maybe.

Ohio State 78 Florida 72

You read it here first.

Melinda Doolittle will win American Idol. Her voice is far an away the most powerful and on target of all of the contestants.

Jack Bauer will save the world again on "24".

I am ready for spring.

I can't wait to play some golf.

George won four merit awards at fine arts. I am proud of him.

I love my family.

Roland Sunkins is going to be a great addition to our church as our church pianist.

We had a great board meeting last Monday night. It was a true joy to walk out with a group of people who are enthusiastically sold on the mission and vision of our church.

I am looking forward to Sunday's service.

It's great to see Christie and Andrew happily married and doing well in their jobs and at church. I am proud of her and Andrew.

Becky has her sights set on doing well at Michigan State, and is achieving that. I am proud of her.

I am not looking forward to doing yard work this summer.

I love God and its great to know that God loves me.

Debbie is the greatest thing to ever come into my life.

My day today will be what I make of it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The incredible power of forgiveness

Do you wrestle with forgiveness? Sometimes I do. I know what Jesus teaches but my spirit still rebels. My "flesh" fights against my "spirit."

Yet there are stories of incredible forgiveness given in far worse situations than I have been in.

One of the most powerful stories of forgiveness I’ve ever heard came out of Tulsa, OK, a few years ago. Tom McGee was a young man who went out for a night of partying & revelry. He got drunk & ran head-on into a car driven by a young man by the name of Ted Morris.

He killed Ted Morris instantly while driving under the influence of alcohol.This wasn’t the first time he had been arrested for drunk driving, so Tom McGee was put on trial for manslaughter, found guilty & sentenced to a term of several years in prison. But the prison was crowded, & prisoners were being given early paroles, so Tom McGee actually spent only a few months in prison before being released on parole.

But he evidently hadn’t learned his lesson, for it wasn’t long until he was arrested again for drunk driving. So his parole was revoked, & he was sent back to complete his prison sentence.Jack Morris, his victim’s father, visited Tom McGee in prison.

After visiting several times, he started taking cookies that his wife, Elizabeth, had baked for him. And they became friends.

Finally Tom McGee was released from prison, but he had no place to go. So Jack & Elizabeth Morris invited him into their home, & gave him a place to stay. They provided the means by which he could receive an education, & helped him find a job.They were members of a Church of Christ in Tulsa, so they took him to church with them, where Tom McGee accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior, & was baptized for the remission of his sins.

Just recently, the news has come out that Jack & Elizabeth Morris have formally adopted Tom McGee & made him their son. When Jack & Elizabeth Morris die, Tom McGee will inherit whatever they have accumulated in this life. Now that’s forgiveness - an incredible story of forgiveness.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

God's "chesed"

I have been looked at the "chesed" of God, or the "mercy" of God today. Chesed is one of the most important theological words in all of the Bible. It gives us, as one writer says, an insight into the very essence of God - that his mercy is unending.

It's very hard to wrap our minds around God's "chesed"

Let me give you some thoughts from Mike Silva that might help us:

Have you ever felt dirty, broken, or worthless? Everyone has.

But if someone offered you a $20 bill, would you take it? What if that person wadded it up and threw it on the ground—would you still want it? What if they stepped on it, kicked it, and even spit on it? Could you still go to the store and spend it?

The answer is yes. That bill has value because of what it is, not because of how it looks, where it's been, or what it's been used for. A crisp, clean $20 bill is worth the same amount as an ugly, older, more used one.

You may feel like you've been stepped on, beat up, or kicked around. You may feel dirty, unworthy, or useless. But be encouraged by the $20 bill—no matter what you've been through, you still have value to God!

Some days I feel like a new $20 bill, other days I feel like a beaten up one. Yet in the midst of it all, no matter what I am walking through, I still matter to God!

You matter to God!

Accept his "chesed" today.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Doing the impossible

I have recently talked with several people who are facing "impossible situations." Where it seems like there is no positive solution within reach. Where there is no end in sight to the problems they are experiencing.

Whether is be a spouse who wants to leave or a physical illness that isn't going away, impossible situations are tough to handle.

And Jesus comes along and says, "With God, all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

"Wow, Jesus, that's really cool, but you don't know what I am walking through," you might say.

The "With God, all things are possible" idea, can -- and should -- be the driving force behind every situation that we face.

What is true in our every day lives is also true in ministry.

It's not enough to play it safe, reaching only for goals within our grasp.

We should attempt things so great for the glory of God that unless he intervenes, we will certainly fail.

Think about the goals and projects you're currently engaged in. Are there any impossible items on the list? Is there anything beyond your reach? If not, maybe it's time to aim a little higher.
Jesus said, "With God, all things are possible." We need to remember what this promise doesn't and doesn't imply.

First, it doesn't imply that all things are easy. Accomplishing the impossible typically takes extended effort.

Second, it doesn't imply that all things are immediate. Reaching worthwhile goals require a long-term investment of time.

Third, it doesn't imply that all things will be painless. Personal sacrifice is part of the process.
It may not be easy, immediate, or painless, but for those willing to step out in faith, for those bold enough to trust God to do the impossible, the reward will always be greater than the investment.

As Paul said, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."(Ephesians 3:20-21)

Check your list one more time. Is there any impossible thing in the works?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

How do you handle being rebuffed when you make your best attempts at reconciling a broken relationship?

I read this article by Tim Jackson...good stuff...

"If we've lived and loved long enough, we all know the pain of a broken relationship. We also know the joy of reconciliation when that relationship is mended. Unfortunately, loving someone well and trying to reconcile with them provides no guarantee they will welcome restoration.

When someone refuses to reconcile a broken relationship, frustration, pain, and self-doubts can grow. The desire to find a way to restore the broken relationship that works intensifies.
Sadly, there is no guaranteed procedure that we can follow to assure restoration of a broken relationship.

Sometimes, all we can do is grieve the loss of that relationship. And that is what Jesus modeled for us. He is the perfect example of one who unselfishly poured out His love to His creatures and offered them the opportunity for reconciliation with their Creator. However, they would have nothing to do with Him.

In one of the saddest verses in the Bible, John records in a single sentence the fact that Jesus "came to His own, and His own did not receive him" (John 1:11).

Jesus' response to the rejection of His offer of reconciliation was a deep grief and sadness that moved Him to tears and prayer for His people. We see the Son of God's broken heart when He sits outside the walls of Jerusalem and laments: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to you! How often I have wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" (Matthew 23:37).

One of the most frightening truths that we all must face is the fact that we cannot force someone to love us, no matter what we do. Even if we take appropriate responsibility for harm we've done to them, confess our sin against them, and ask for forgiveness, there is no assurance they will respond in kind. They can choose to remain distant.

While an unresolved relationship is deeply disturbing, one of the most freeing truths is that no one has the power to stop us from loving them. And that's all that God calls us to do, to love others the way He has loved us (John 13:34;15:12).

We all wish there was a "next step" that would make reconciliation work out every time. Sadly, there is no such step. However, at those times when our best efforts at loving are rebuffed, we do have the opportunity to share in our Lord's sufferings, to experience His pain and His relentless longing for reconciliation (Philippians 1:29).

We need to guard against a false guilt that assumes we should be able to do something to "fix" every relationship -- as if it all depends on us alone. While we must take responsibility for our part in a relationship, we must not assume that we are solely responsible for the breach in the relationship. Instead of holding another person responsible for their choices, we can tend to let people off the hook and blame ourselves for "not doing enough" or "missing something" that would be the key to unlocking the relationship.

That kind of thinking is not only demoralizing but controlling and unbiblical. God never asks us to assume responsibility for others, only ourselves. That needs to be our focus."

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Anger is a God given emotion.

In Genesis 1:27, the Bible says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

God tells Adam and Eve to subdue the earth and rule over it. You can't subdue and rule over anything without agression and the ability to become angry.

Anger was part of their emotional equipment.

However, the fall blew all of that out of the water. The fall created sinful anger. Anger that is concerned only about self. Anger that comes out of pride; ego. Anger that is the result of fear, frustration and hurt.

Be angry, Paul writes, but don't sin.

Let's learn to control and direct our anger.

How? Many different reasons; for today - strengthen your connection with God.

Be filled with the spirit.

May we all be filled with His presence today.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Inner motives

One Sunday morning, two men are out in a boat, fishing. After several hours on the lake without catching a single fish, one of the men says to his friend, "You know, we probably should have stayed home and gone to church this morning."

The other man says, "Well, I could have stayed home, but I couldn't have gone to church."
"Why's that?" asks his friend.

"My wife is sick," the fisherman answers.

It's an interesting thing - motives or why we do the things we do. Sometimes I don't even know why I do the things I do much less try to figure out why you do what you do.

Yet we insist on trying - especially in the kingdom of God.

It can become a trap; and a place of bondage for the follower of Christ.

Why do you do what you do?

Most of the time that's not for me to figure out. In fact, I would suggest that it's basically a fruitless and many times a carnal exercise to spend an enormous amount of time examining people's motives.

Jesus said, "By their fruits you will know.....".

It's important for me to react to those around me based not only why I think they are doing what they are doing, but on what they are actually doing.

Who knows why?

May we be filled with grace toward those who are graceless toward us.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Relationship and evangelism

More and more I am convinced of the effectiveness and validity of small groups.

We are learning that relationships are the key.

However, relationships are also the key to evangelism as well.

In his book "Out of the Question, Into the Mystery" Len Sweet tells about taking his daughter, Soren, to the dentist. Soren had always been terrified of dentists, so Len picked the one with the best reputation in town.

At his office, as Soren climbed into the big chair, which she referred to as a torture chamber, the dentist showed off his new equipment -- designed specifically to cause less pain and take less time. And then he began to drill. Soren screamed, cried, twisted, turned and had to be held down. When he was finally finished, the dentist asked the Sweets never to return. Within two weeks Soren's new fillings had fallen out.

Finally, Soren was persuaded to try another dentist. This one was different. When she arrived for her appointment the dentist spent the first part of the appointment getting to know her, talking about her likes and dislikes, telling her about his own daughters.

After 25 minutes of conversation, he had earned her trust enough that she was able to open her mouth, and 15 minutes later his work was finished.

The difference between the two dentists was significant. The first tried to gain her trust through facts and information, the second gained her trust through compassion and friendship.

Here's Leonard Sweet's point: "If we shift our focus away from truth as right teaching and correct doctrine, and instead center our lives on truth as a Person and faith as a relationship with that Person, what does this do to evangelism? Evangelism shifts from an attempt to indoctrinate a skeptic into a new belief system and makes the gospel proclamation a process of inviting others into a relationship with God...Evangelism is not leading people to right beliefs about Jesus. It is introducing people to a right relationship with Jesus Christ."

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Miracles in the midst of impossibilities

Someone once said, "Ninety percent of those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit."

That's what discouragement does. It can cause someone to quit.

Have you ever felt like quitting?

It all goes back to perspective.

Sometimes our perspective is threatened. We lose sight of the big picture. We think that all is lost. That there is no hope.

But here's what I am learning. No matter who dark it may seem, there is always hope.

What is hope?

Hope is Holding On Praying Expectantly.

With God there is always hope.

With God I can always:


No matter how dark it may seem, there is always God.

I can focus on God and not my problem.

I can focus on solutions and the solution giver and not the darkness of the hour.

Every miracle in the Bible began with an impossibility.

Are you in an impossible situation today?

You have been placed in the very place where a miracle can happen!

Father, work a miracle in our lives today! We need you!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Handling fear

"The only thing to fear is fear itself," Franklin Roosevelt.

We are all fearful from time to time, but how do we handle fear instead of getting handled by it?

Admit our fears

We can't overcome our fears until we first recognize they exist.

Revealing your feelings IS the beginning of healing.

We must discover the source of our fears.

Are my fears based on facts or on feelings?

Fear can be described as:


We must realize how our fears can limit us.

Studies have shown that 95 percent of what we fear is baseless. The rest are things that we must learn to live with.

The truth is that life is dangerous, damaging to your health, and will eventually kill you, so why not live life to the fullest?

We must accept normal fear as the price of progress.

Anytime I move forward, there will be a natural fear that comes. We can't let fear keep us from taking small steps in our development

We must convert fear into desire and passion.

We are to move ahead, afraid. Do it, afraid. Let is strengthen and stoke your passion instead of tearing it down.

Are you afraid of insignificance? Convert it to the service of others.

We must focus on things we can control.

Remember, what happens to you isn't as important as what happens in you.

We must focus on today and not yesterday or tomorrow.

Yesterday is gone
Tomorrow is not yet here
Today is all we have

We must feed the right emotion and starve the wrong one

Am I going to focus on my faith or am I going to focus on my fear?

Which one am I going to feed? Which one am I going to starve.

Anytime you feel afraid of doing something but go ahead and do it anyway, you are reprogramming your attitude.

When you feel fear, it will mean "go" instead of "stop" and "fight harder" instead of "give up."

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


In every church that Debbie and I have had the privilege of pastoring, we have been used by God as conduits of change.

It's been our calling.

Change is hard.

Change is hard for everyone.

Mark Twain once said, "The only person who likes change is a wet baby."

Yet here's a principle that we all need in life. "you can't move forward and stay the same at the same time."

We resist change for the following reasons.

Personal loss.

People ask, "how will change affect me?"

Fear of the unknown.

People will often hold on to what they know, even if they are not satisfied with it.

Fear holds them back, yet the only way to overcome the fear is to go out and do the very thing they fear to do.

The timing could be wrong

Change needs to take place in the right way and at the right time.

It feels awkward.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?


One last thought for today.

Without change there can be no improvement.

You see, here's what I am learning. Change doesn't necessarily bring improvement, but without change there can be no improvement.

We don't change to change, but change is needed because, "we cannot become what we need by remaining what we are." If you desires growth, then you must embrace change.

Look at your life today and ask, "what do I need to change to grow..spiritually, mentally, relationally."

May God help us to change today.

Monday, March 05, 2007

A primer on problems

We all have problems. If you don't have a problem, don't worry, you will!

We don't have to find problems, problems find us.

It's so important that we solve the problems that we are dealing with. Someone once wrote: "The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."

What are we to do with our problems?

Well, of course we should pray.

Some people in the midst of a problem think that they are too busy to pray.

The top 10 reasons you are too busy to pray today:

1. You wake up feeling rested, then realize your alarm should've gone off an hour ago.
2. Your spouse is away on a two-day business trip that's lasted all week.
3. None of the clean clothes you were able to find match.
4. Your teenager shaved…the left half of his head.
5. Your bills are due, and your toddler hid the checkbook.
6. A strange fluid is dripping from your car.
7. You accidentally delete your quarterly report ten minutes before a meeting with your boss.
8. You're in charge of games for the church youth night tonight.
9. Your dog is throwing up.
10. Your toilet's overflowing, but at least you found the checkbook.

We are to pray, but let me also suggest or give to you a primer on problems.

Here's a great primer on problems:

Define what a real problem is.

A problem is something you can do something about. If you can't do anything about it - it's called a predicament. A predicament is something that must be endured.

When people treat a predicament as a problem,k they become frustrated and angry or even depressed.

If someone loses their job that's a predicament. There is nothing they can do about that. What they need to do is start working on solving the problem of finding a new job.

Anticipate problems

Problems will happen - every day of our lives. We must expect problems. Not in a sour, negative, morbid way. But expect problems.

Someone once wrote, "a problem not anticipated is a problem. A problem anticipated is an opportunity."

Face the problem

Don't flee it, forget it or fight it, but face it. Look at the problem realistically.

Evaluate the problem

Someone once wrote, "There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve."

There is a right time and a wrong time to solve a problem. Seek out that right time. Be patient when implementing a solution. Some problems take time to solve.

Embrace each problem as a potential opportunity

Problems can lead us to greater opportunities if we let them. They can push us into moving forward.

Think of people who have bigger problems

When a friend gets cancer or loses a loved one, then we are reminded of how petty our issues are.

Writer James Agee recalls how he once struck up a conversation with an impoverished elderly woman in the heart of Appalachia during the Great Depression. She lived in a tiny shack with dirt floors, no heat, and no indoor plumbing.

"What would you do," he asked, "if someone came along and gave you some money to help you out?"

The old woman thought for a moment and answered, "I guess I'd give it to the poor."

List all the potential ways of solving a problem

Every problem not only has A solution, but many times, many solutions.

Determine the best three ways to solve the problem

Refocus on your purpose, your mission, the plan and purpose that God has for your life.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Let me share with you a story of a wise man and then why I call him a wise man.

It's by Nard Pugyao, in his book, "Penetrating power."

He writes:

In March of 1956 (when I was about 6), a tall, pale white man stumbled into my home village of Dibagat in the northern jungles of the Philippine island of Luzon. The man didn't speak our language, so our elders asked him the best they knew how, "Why are you here?"

"I've come to learn your language," he said. "I'd like to write it down and then give you God's Word in your language."

"Who is your God?" the elders asked.

"He's the God of heaven and Earth," the man answered. "He's the Creator of the Universe. He created you, too."

"Is he powerful?" the elders probed. "More powerful than the spirits that have controlled our lives from the beginning of time? Is he more powerful that our ancestors, the head-hunters?"
"Yes, he's more powerful."

Hopeful, we started teaching this man, Dick Roe, our language. Maybe his God could free us from the spirits.

When I was about 13, Dick had to return to the United States to raise support for his ministry. But before he went back, he translated the Gospel of Mark and gave me a copy. While he was gone, I started reading the Bible for the first time, beginning with the Easter story and continuing through chapter 16. Sitting on top of a rock, I read the Gospel of Mark in my heart language. It felt like I was actually there, seeing the characters.

But the further I read, the more distressed I felt. A mob of people came to get Jesus out of the Garden of Gethsemane. What did he do wrong? I read as fast as I could. They accused him of all kinds of false things. They mocked him, spat on him, beat him, and took him before Pilate. Then the scourge and the crown of thorns. It was excruciating to read that they forced him to carry a wooden cross and then nailed him to it.

Deep in my heart, a hatred of God swelled. I shook my fist and shouted: "I hate you, God, for being so powerless! Why should I believe in a powerless God like you?" With all my strength I threw the Gospel of Mark down to the rocks and started walking home. I couldn't understand why God wouldn't protect his own Son. Our headhunters defended us to the death. Because of them, no one could touch us. I wanted a god like that, someone who would protect me from the spirits that demanded we sacrifice our cows, chickens, pigs, and dogs. This God didn't even save his own Son.

Suddenly, God reached down into my heart. "Nard, don't you understand?" I heard him say. "That's how much I love you. I gave my Son on your behalf." For the first time, I understood grace. I understood how much God loved me.

"God, if you love me that much," I prayed, "I want to give you my life, my heart. It's all yours." I went back and picked up my Gospel, brushed it off, and sat back on that rock to see what happened next. It was an incredible moment as I read that Jesus rose from the grave on the third day. Nobody in all of Dibagat, nobody from among the Isnag people, had ever risen from the grave. The resurrection story changed my life.

Why is Nard Pugyao a wise man? Because he let God's word change him.

Last night in our men's bible study we came across a great verse in James 3:13 (we spent the entire hour on the one verse).

Pastor James writes, "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." (James 3:13)

How do we know that someone is wise?

Look at their "good life." "Good life," means "to return or to turn back," with the root idea being to change or return to the truth. With this phrase, James is saying that a wise person is someone whose life is changing in accordance with the truth of God's Word.

It's probably the biggest difference between knowledge and wisdom. Wisdom meaning "applied knowledge."

I know a lot of people who have a lot of knowledge but they do a lot of stupid stuff.

I know many Christians who crave more knowledge of God's Word, but they have never taken the next step to wisdom or applying God's Word to their life.

May God help us to apply His Word! To not only read it but live it!

May God's Word change us today!