Faith in Action

As a friend drove to the grocery store, she noticed a woman walking along the side of the road and felt she should turn the car around and offer her a ride. When she did, she was saddened to hear that the woman didn’t have money for the bus so was walking home many miles in the hot and humid weather. Not only was she making the long journey home, but she had also walked several hours that morning to arrive at work by 4 am.

By offering a ride, my friend put into practice in a modern setting James’s instruction for Christians to live out their faith with their deeds: “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (v. 17). He was concerned that the church take care of the widows and the orphans (James 1:27), and he also wanted them to rely not on empty words but to act on their faith with deeds of love.

We are saved by faith, not works, but we live out our faith by loving others and caring for their needs. May we, like my friend who offered the ride, keep our eyes open for those who might need our help as we walk together in this journey of life.

View full post on Our Daily Bread

John Henry Cardinal Newman

“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.” View full post on Motivational Quotes of the Day

Unfinished Works

At his death, the great artist Michelangelo left many unfinished projects. But four of his sculptures were never meant to be completed. The Bearded Slave, the Atlas Slave, the Awakening Slave, and the Young Slave, though they appear unfinished, are just as Michelangelo intended them to be. The artist wanted to show what it might feel like to be forever enslaved.

Rather than sculpting figures in chains, Michelangelo made figures stuck in the very marble out of which they are carved. Bodies emerge from the stone, but not completely. Muscles flex, but the figures are never able to free themselves.

My empathy with the slave sculptures is immediate. Their plight is not unlike my struggle with sin. I am unable to free myself: like the sculptures I am stuck, “a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me” (Rom 7:23). No matter how hard I try, I cannot change myself. But thanks be to God you and I will not remain unfinished works. We won’t be complete until heaven, but in the meantime as we welcome the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, He changes us. God promises to finish the good work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6).

View full post on Our Daily Bread

Five-Finger Prayers

Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use as a guide when praying for others:

• When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you—your loved ones (Phil. 1:3–5).

• The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach—Bible teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).

• The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you—national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1–2).

• The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13–16).

• Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart.

View full post on Our Daily Bread

“I don’t back down. I don’t cave when the pressure gets too great from these partisan political ideological forces.” – Dan Rather

“I don’t back down. I don’t cave when the pressure gets too great from these partisan political ideological forces.” – Dan Rather View full post on Quotes Daddy – Quote of the Day

E. Catherine Tobler

“Not going home is already like death.” View full post on Motivational Quotes of the Day

Very Good!

Some days seem to have a theme running through them. Recently I had one of those days. Our pastor began his sermon on Genesis 1 with two minutes of breath-taking, time-lapse photography of blossoming flowers. Then, at home, a scroll through social media revealed numerous posts of flowers. Later on a walk in the woods, the wildflowers of spring surrounded us—trilliums, marsh marigolds, and wild iris.

God created flowers and every other variety of vegetation (and dry ground to grow in), on the third day of creation. And twice on that day, God pronounced it “good” (Gen. 1:10, 12). On only one other day of creation—the sixth—did God make that double pronouncement of “good” (vv. 24, 31). In fact, on this day when He created man and His masterpiece was complete, He looked over all He had made and “saw that it was very good!”

In the creation story, we see a Creator God who delighted in His creation—and seemed to take joy in the very act of creating. Why else design a world with such colorful and amazing variety? And He saved the best for last when He “created mankind in his own image” (v. 27). As His image-bearers we are blessed and inspired by His beautiful handiwork.

View full post on Our Daily Bread

“We can say we have the cake and now we’re just missing the cherry on top. We’re closer (to the final) than PSV, but we’ll have to prepare very well for the return leg, seeing how tough they were.” – Carlo Ancelotti

“We can say we have the cake and now we’re just missing the cherry on top. We’re closer (to the final) than PSV, but we’ll have to prepare very well for the return leg, seeing how tough they were.” – Carlo Ancelotti View full post on Quotes Daddy – Quote of the Day

“It’s pretty much decimated our cherry crop, so the cherries were hit early, and now with the pears, we’re just seeing the effects of cool, overcast days,” – Dave Elliot

“It’s pretty much decimated our cherry crop, so the cherries were hit early, and now with the pears, we’re just seeing the effects of cool, overcast days,” – Dave Elliot View full post on Quotes Daddy – Quote of the Day

“Had we known when we were designing Cherry what we know now, we probably would have designed it to have two trails.” – Ed Thompson

“Had we known when we were designing Cherry what we know now, we probably would have designed it to have two trails.” – Ed Thompson View full post on Quotes Daddy – Quote of the Day


© 1992-2017 DC2NET™, Inc. All Rights Reserved