We are tempted by our desire to engage in things that look so good and promise so much but end up at best leaving us empty and at worse, damaging and destroying us and those we love. In the face of temptation we have to ask this basic question – Is what God wants for us and gives us better than what the temptation promises? This is where faith gets real. It refuses to be deceived by the hollowness of the temptations and chooses the richness of God’s ways.
September 10, 2017 • Glen Elliott
Week 7 • October 15, 2017 • Glen Elliott
We want to plan our futures. We rely on good planning. But James cautions us about the attitude and assumptions we bring to our planning. The fact is that no one really can control tomorrow. Our lives are frail. And the saddest part is that we tend to neglect God and plan our lives as if he did not exist! James warns us to first and foremost consider the good that God wants for our lives now and in the near future. Our primary task is to understand the good that God wants to do through us and then focus on that and leave the results to God.
Week 6 • October 8, 2017 • Glen Elliott
There is something that is critical to having a real faith and meaningful relationship with God and others. Humility is foundational to being like Jesus and allowing us to experience true spirituality. And the opposite of humility is pride which is the source and root of all sin which robs of the life God wants for us. Pride causes us to put ourselves before both God and others. It is only in humility that we can allow God and others to speak into us to help us. We can’t or won’t listen without humility. And here’s a sobering truth that we learn in James – God will oppose us until we are humble. God can’t fully bless us in our pride for in our pride we think we know what’s best. None of us want God to oppose us.
In Our Words
Week 5 • October 1, 2017 • Glen Elliott
Words are powerful. They have the power to give life or destroy. But where do our words come from? They come from inside. And because our words come from inside, they give us a clear picture as to what our heart is made of. Words that hurt come from our human pride. Words that give life come from a place of humility. No one can control the tongue, but we can allow God to change our heart – the source of our words.