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Christine's Blog – February 2012 Archive (19)

A story that will inspire you to pray!

A Story that will Inspire you to Pray!  James 4.2 – You do not have because you do not ask God.

Greetings! 

It is no secret…

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Added by Christine on February 29, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

What kind of prayers does God answer? James 4.

So, it was almost five o’clock in the afternoon, and I was driving northbound on the “Five” to meet my daughter for dinner.   I rounded the highway bend that boasted the Pacific Ocean’s drama on my left . . . and then immediately on my right, came upon a sight I shall carry with me forever.  Twas a bright, yes, I dare say even, dark-banded rainbow stretched right before me,…

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Added by Christine on February 28, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why don't people pray?

Why don't people pray?    James 4.2

You do not have, because you do not ask God. James 4, verse 2                        …

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Added by Christine on February 27, 2012 at 7:24am — No Comments

Contentment . . . got it? (the solution to not fighting, as referenced in James 4.1-3)

Contentment seems elusive these days.  We live in a world that makes us feel constantly harried, a bit like the woeful creature in the arcade game, ‘Whack-a-mole’.   Sometimes though, we just need to hit the ‘reset’ button. 

“Please, I have to meet with you…

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Added by Christine on February 24, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Play nice in the sandbox. (peace and humility, cont.)

After writing on humility – specifically saying that, “Humility . . . so much to think about, but first we must value it, we must esteem it, and desire to be about it ourselves so that we will be teachable, quietly confident, patient, teachable, good…

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Added by Christine on February 23, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Why do people fight? James 4.1-3

Why DO people fight, anyway?  We have just discussed various facets of peace, and we would all agree that living in peace is a much better way to go, and yet . . . well, pick up the newspaper--what do you see?  Turn on the radio--what do you hear?  Go for a road trip with your kids in the backseat--how long do you drive before there is a…

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Added by Christine on February 22, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Peace I Leave with you. james 3.17-18

Oh what a beautiful verse . . . what a brilliant piece of writing, bridging humility and the richness of peace.  James writes, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”…

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Added by Christine on February 21, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

In recognition of humility. (take-off from James 3.13-16)

Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.1 True humility comes from a place of strength and inner security. Genuinely humble people who have a desire to seek the well-being of others are generally very secure people. They are fully aware of their gifts, their training, their experience, and all the attributes that make them successful at whatever they do. That security--that honest, healthy self-assessment--results in more than healthy self-assessment--results in…

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Added by Christine on February 17, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Humility – a virtue to be desired. James 3.13-16

The definition of humility is far from the definition of pride . . . or is it?   The common dictionary's first entry for pride is: a sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect.  The key word was proper; when pride moves toward arrogance, we have issues.  Consider once again with…

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Added by Christine on February 16, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

In search of h u m i l i t y. James 3.13-16

How does one measure the difference between worldly wisdom and the wisdom of God? Let us consider James’ words: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from Heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and…
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Added by Christine on February 15, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Causing your garden to flourish. (James 3 aside)

Thought 

   to leave the garden . . .you know, using it to look into our own hearts, but in the night, two thoughts occurred to me.

 

Gardens must get regular ‘spring’ cleanings—when vines are trimmed back,…

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Added by Christine on February 14, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Proper Care and Feeding of our Hearts.

The Proper Care and Feeding of our Hearts. (spinoff Jas. 3 still)

Yesterday afternoon I spent some glorious time in my back garden . . . it came at the end of a rather tedious day, which included a lengthy medical appointment, a funeral, and another standby while my automobile oil was…

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Added by Christine on February 13, 2012 at 8:25am — No Comments

What's in your Heart?

What’s in your Heart? (segue from James 3—the heart that drives the tongue)

Little girls practice drawing hearts, have you ever noticed that?  I am not sure why it is not something boys do . . . but there…

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Added by Christine on February 10, 2012 at 7:13am — No Comments

Blessed are the Pure in Heart. (Supplement to James 3)

We consume a lot of fruit in my home – though by far, the most sought-after fruit by all of us is the apple.  Danny likes the Gala, while Dean, Dylan and I usually prefer the Fuji.  I have been thinking about it--do we even know if it was an apple that Eve plucked, took a bite of, and gave to her gullible partner, Adam?  No matter, it seems so innocuous,…

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Added by Christine on February 9, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments

The Garden of our Hearts. (adjunct to James 3.9-10)

My roses have already been hard-pruned, and are now leafing out, any danger of frost having passed . . . you see, California sport gardeners—those of us who garden for hobby and enjoyment—have gotten an early start this year.  We really have not experienced much cold weather, especially in Southern California.  Ha, the other day, I came in out of my backyard…

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Added by Christine on February 8, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Power of a Healthy Heart. James 3.9-10

James passionately describes the destructive power of our tongue, of our unguarded words in the first half of James, chapter 3.  And writes, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”  B…

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Added by Christine on February 7, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Tongue and its Power? James 3.1-12

You got a chance to read James 3, (http://pastorwoman.com/ReadArchive.aspx?id=837) I trust, a…

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Added by Christine on February 6, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

James, chapter 3

We turn the page, and read what our Lord’s brother has next to say to us.  Read with care:

1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.…

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Added by Christine on February 3, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

On Forgiveness . . . only God. James 2.24-26

James points to a prostitute to make his point.  In the midst of his discussion about faith and works, and to corroborate his point that the authentic Christian has some sort of ‘works’ in his life, he uses Rahab as his illustration.  Take a look:

Abraham believed God, and it was credited to…

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Added by Christine on February 1, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

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