At War with God (James 4:4–10)

Previously, we saw there are wars happening within ourselves and wars happening with each other. Today, we will discover the primary reason we are at war with ourselves and, consequently, with each other: we are at war with God. We will also discuss how this war can be stopped. At War with God (James 4:4–10) The root […]

Man’s Wisdom Vs. God’s Wisdom: Part 2 (James 3:13–18)

In Part 1, we saw there is a “heavenly wisdom” that comes from God and a “man-made wisdom” that comes from the world. Today, we will look at the contrast between the operation of God’s wisdom and the world’s wisdom. Contrast in Operations (James 3:13–14, 17) Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them […]

The Great Example: Part 2 (Philippians 2:1–11)

Jesus illustrates the four characteristics of the person with the submissive mind. In Part 1, we saw the first two traits. Now, we will look at the last two virtues of the person with the submissive mind. He Sacrifices (2:8) Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the […]

The Great Example: Part 1 (Philippians 2:1–11)

People can rob us of our joy. Paul was facing his problems with people at Rome (Phil. 1:15–18) as well as with people in Philippi, and it was the latter who concerned him the most. When Epaphroditus brought a generous gift from the church in Philippi and good news of the church’s concern for Paul, […]

Jesus Wants Loving Obedience

Every true Christian wants to have a winning witness, a testimony that demonstrates Jesus makes a difference in their life. They want the world around them to see Jesus in them. But unfortunately, that is not always the case. All too frequently the image the world has of Christians is one of hypocrisy and compromise. […]

Setting Godly Priorities

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). What is really important to us?  People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for our priority.  Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if we do not actively choose […]

Pride vs. Humility

God extends His grace to the humble, but resists the proud (James 4:6). Humility expresses a genuine dependency on God and others. Humility recognizes we live the Christian life in the same manner we become Christians – by the grace of God. To those who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on […]