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Seeking God in the Meantime

Seeking God in the Meantime

We all face them, those seasons in life where we feel like we are in between “promised-lands.”  Internally, we may feel like we lack any purpose or direction and this emotion can swell up inside of us, despite having full schedules and busy...

What Motivates You?

What Motivates You?

When it happens on a court or a field, we call it “competition,” or between brothers and sisters it’s “sibling rivalry,” but when it happens in church—like in James’ church—we call it disunity. The infighting and dissension within James’...

How to Make Sports Camp Last

How to Make Sports Camp Last

What parent has not received their son or daughter back from an experience like camp, only to say a week later, "Gee, my kid seemed so excited and transformed when he first came home. But now, it's like he never went at all! Isn't there some way to make camp last?" At...

What is Wisdom?

What is Wisdom?

Wisdom isn’t just a series of sage sayings. It’s not always gained with gray hairs and it’s not only achieved the hard way—by making the wrong decision. It’s not even the same thing as knowledge. Wisdom is “applied knowledge.” If knowledge is...

Why I Work at the Life Center

Why I Work at the Life Center

Mary Feeney, our Life Center Coordinator, works with seniors, food bank clients, English and Spanish GED students, and more at the Life Center in North Littleton. Here’s why she’s passionate about her work there: Widows, orphans, immigrants,...

20 Truths About Words

20 Truths About Words

The book of James in your Bible was originally a letter, but its content and topics also display characteristics of Jewish wisdom literature, like the book of Proverbs. The topic of speech wasn’t only a favorite of James, but also of the writers of Proverbs. They both...

Are You “Kingdom Minded”?

Are You “Kingdom Minded”?

There’s one topic Jesus talked about more than all others. It wasn’t judgment, hell, money, family, or sexuality. The topic that seemed to be Jesus’ favorite was the kingdom of God. Since it was a favorite of his, we should probably pay attention to it....

Seeing Needs and Doing Faith

Seeing Needs and Doing Faith

James 2:14 inquires, "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?” As James goes on, he argues that faith without deeds is particularly worthless for those who are in...

4 Ways to Care for Those in Need

4 Ways to Care for Those in Need

James reminds us that God has a heart for the poor and the outcast. This isn’t new. God has always unexpectedly chosen those who the world hasn’t esteemed—like Rahab the prostitute or Mary, the mother of Jesus, whom he places in Jesus’ lineage. God is not off-put by...

What If You Asked Jesus What to Do?

What If You Asked Jesus What to Do?

We can be honest with each other. Most of us consult our virtual calendars to determine our plans more often than we consult Jesus. Probably too many of our prayers involve asking God for his stamp of approval on our plans instead of asking...

10 Ways to Live Out James 1:19 Today

10 Ways to Live Out James 1:19 Today

James 1:19 tells us, "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” We all think we’re great at all three of these things right up until the moment we encounter difficult people in our...

4 Ways to Honor Your Mother

4 Ways to Honor Your Mother

This weekend we’ll honor mothers and all that they contribute to making this world a better place. Sure, you could buy your mom a card and some flowers to show your appreciation for all she does, but does that truly honor her? It’s part of The...

How to Remember God is Good

How to Remember God is Good

It’s a fact supported, defended, and explicitly recorded in the Bible, but how often do we forget that God is good? We may not consciously forget, but we may have some lingering doubts. Maybe if someone stopped you on the street and asked if...

Who is James?

Who is James?

This weekend, we’re starting our new series, Real Religion, on the book of James. Here’s some background information that can help us better understand the author of this letter. [symple_spacing="10"] Who is James? Although it has been disputed...

3 Prayers to Help You Share the Gospel

3 Prayers to Help You Share the Gospel

Something incredible happens when we share the Gospel with people who don’t know Jesus: they come to know him. This doesn’t happen every time, but each time someone trusts in Jesus, it's because they understand the truth of the Gospel. This understanding isn’t a...

Acts 5: 41-42

Acts 5: 41-42

Acts 5: 41-42 [symple_spacing=10"] The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and...

What Keeps You Standing Still?

What Keeps You Standing Still?

Once Jesus ascended into heaven, the apostles were left standing still and staring towards the sky. Had it not been for the angels who reminded them, who knows how long they would have waited there instead of moving to enact the mission Jesus...

Redefining Blessed

Redefining Blessed

Throughout our Easter series, our Thursday blog posts will focus on two seemingly discordant themes: suffering and joy. We’ll look to the examples of Jesus and the early church as well as exhortations from the authors of the New Testament...

5 Truths Made Certain by Easter

5 Truths Made Certain by Easter

Although we only take one day to celebrate the resurrection, its life changing effects are ongoing. Here are five things that are made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice and made certain by the empty tomb:   1 // There is hope for the world. For God so loved the world...

The Joy of Finding What Was Lost

The Joy of Finding What Was Lost

Throughout our Easter series, our Thursday blog posts will focus on two seemingly discordant themes: suffering and joy. We’ll look to the examples of Jesus and the early church as well as exhortations from the authors of the New Testament...

Not the King You Expected

Not the King You Expected

Generations of Jewish people awaited the Messiah. Their scriptures prophesied about him and their hope for relief relied on him. But once Jesus arrived, many Jewish people—especially the teachers of the law and Pharisees who dedicated their...