Orphans and Widows - Still a Command to Help

Orphans and Widows - Still a Command to Help

God changes and sanctifies us with the purpose of being used for his glory in the lives of others. 

I believe that it is no mistake that the first chapter of James starts with encouragement to see joy in the way God tests our faith through hardships and then ends the chapter with a call to action. In fact, you will see as you continue to follow this series on James that he spends the rest of this book telling us not to just hear the words of God, but do what the words tell us to do...

5 Ways to Get The Most Out of Sunday's Sermon

5 Ways to Get The Most Out of Sunday's Sermon

For hundreds of years, the Church has gathered as one Body around the world on Sunday mornings to worship our Savior. Whether Christ-followers enter a cathedral with high, ornate ceilings, or sneak an underground room, they know that God is present and community is a gift.

So why is it that so many of us scramble into the service late, stressed, and aggravated? Why is it that the second the service is finished, we jump back into daily life, forgetting about the past hour of being in the presence of God? 

I'm Not Listening!

I'm Not Listening!

The topic of listening is a big one in our house lately. My oldest is almost three, and most of the discipline she receives is for not listening. Mommy and Daddy have one idea for what she should be doing, but she has her own ideas. Sometimes she can’t physically hear what we’re saying because she’s talking so loudly, demanding her own way.

Sometimes I wonder if I am so different from her when it comes to listening to my Heavenly Father.

James chapter 1 teaches about hearing and doing the word. As my daughter knows, listening isn’t just about hearing what is said, it’s about obeying those words. She might literally hear me, but when I ask her to listen to me, I mean I want her to demonstrate that she has heard me by doing what I ask...

The Not So Pretty Side of Anger

The Not So Pretty Side of Anger

James 1:19
“My brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

Anger. It has many faces. It may present as violent or passive. It may be directed inward or outward. We may or may not be aware of the influence of anger in our daily lives. But we’ve all experienced it. 

And we’ve all expressed it.

Why are we angry?

James: Not Only Behavior Modificiation

James: Not Only Behavior Modificiation

Happy Monday from Live In The Round! This week, we pick up in our study on the book of James.  Verses 19-27 are simply written, but have huge implications for followers of Christ. 

As we read this week, the challenge is to hold our hearts up to the light of Scripture and expose the sinful areas that do not reflect Christ. The goal isn't to just switch our behaviors, but rather repent for considering ourselves godly, yet not reflecting Christ in our hearts and lives.

Themes this week include...