Day 328

Today’s Reading – Galatians 1-3

You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:26-28 CEB

Can’t we all just get along?

Day 327

Today’s Reading – Acts 15-16

Some people came down from Judea
teaching the family of believers,
“Unless you are circumcised according
to the custom we’ve received from Moses,
you can’t be saved.” 

Acts 15:1 CEB

 

Really? Can’t be saved?

When did Jesus ever say that?

It is shame that today we have still not learned the lesson from this incident in the early church.

Through the ages (up to and including today) we have ADDED to the Gospel message.

Yes! Added!

In order to be saved you must . . . and we keep make the list longer and longer.

The Reformation tried to end the argument, but it still rages on.

Now we argue in the reverse, you can’t be saved and be . . .

Be what?

When was Jesus ever about excluding people from the Gospel?

So let me ask you,

Does your faith add or subtract from the Good News of Christ?

Day 326

Today’s Reading – James


My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs? In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activityJames 2:14-17 CEB

The book of James has always been one of my favorite books in the Bible.

Perhaps because James is so forthright with common sense advice on how to live our faith. James is all about how you live your faith because with out living your faith it is dead.

Every week I end our worship services with the words:

God loves you . . . Jesus died for you . . .
and how you live your faith matters – NOW and Always!

Until today, I had not directly made the connection between my benediction and the words of James.

Good to know that the Bible can so penetrate your life that they become synonymous.

What part of the Bible has penetrated your life?