Words That Bless

Read: Numbers 6:24-26 There is a priestly benediction in Numbers 6:24-26? It is used today in many Jewish synagogues. It goes like this: May Adonai bless you and keep you! May Adonai deal kindly and graciously with you! May Adonai bestow favor upon you and grant you...

From The Heart

Read: Matthew 12:34-35 Several years ago I had to speak truth to a Christian friend who seemed to miss the importance of his words. He was angry and upset, and this anger worked its way to his words and then to the ears of many people. His acid words did little to...

No Regrets

Read: James 1:19 “What made me say that? What was I thinking? Oh, how I regret what I said. If I could only take it back. Who else will hear what I said? Will I ever be forgiven for this? Will I forgive myself? Will I ever recover what I’ve lost? Can God forgive me?”...

Generous

Read: James 2:20-26 Paul usually wrote to Gentiles who were nervous that the blessings of the Jewish Messiah were available only to those who submitted to the laws of the Old Testament. James addresses a different crowd altogether. His readers are not nervous about...

Faith Claims

Read: James 2:14-19 The claim of ‘faith’ The opening line (verse 14) helps us understand the whole passage. James does not think this hypothetical Christian has true faith at all. The man merely ‘claims to have faith’. The reference to ‘such’ faith makes clear...