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How to Develop Patience

We all want to grow the spiritual fruit of patience—or at least our family members want us to. Just like fruit on the vine, spiritual fruit doesn’t pop up overnight. It takes time to grow and cultivate patience, but—also like gardening—not...

Purchasing Power // The Ethics of Buying

Going to the store is an unconscious act for most of us because it’s so simple. Grab your wallet and your list and a short drive later, you’re wandering the aisles of your local grocery, home goods, or clothing store. There aren’t many steps...

6 Questions to Ask Your Wallet

In James 5, James paints a pretty bleak picture of the rich oppressors. They denied others what they owed them, indulged themselves, and harmed those they could have helped. While James was not describing wealthy Christians, it’s still...

How to Discuss Tough Topics

When was the last time you engaged in a discussion with someone you disagreed with? Our current culture is becoming more and more polarized and engaging in less and less dialogue. With each side creating an enemy of the other, it’s become more...

Being a Christian and an American

As Americans, we get to enjoy a great deal of freedom that others in the world can only imagine. Typically, we seek to enjoy the full extent of those freedoms, taking full advantage of the rights and privileges and leveraging them to our own...

How to Transform Your Prayer Life

Most Christians want to pray, but they just simply don’t—myself included sometimes. And I believe most Christians really want to be passionate about prayer, but they just aren’t. Why is that? Is it because prayer is boring? At least that is the...

10 Ways to Fight Arrogance

Arrogance is a tricky thing. It's hard to identify in ourselves, and it’s even harder to root out once we find it. Not only does our nature predispositions us towards arrogance, but our culture fosters it as well. From declarations of being a...

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?

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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. Who is James? Although it has been disputed...

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