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Perseverance Leads to Lacking Nothing!

James 1:4

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

fullsizeoutput_ffeI’m sitting here – in my church office – trying to find my focus! I’m praying and reading the Bible – I’m listening to some Contemporary Christian music – feeding my spirit (after a lunch of salad – grilled chicken and water to feed the body).

As I was reading in the Bible I opened to a favorite book – the Book of James – Christ’s brother’s book. I came across that famous passage at the beginning of that book.

James 1:2-4 – 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Continue reading

October 19, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 11

James 1:2-4

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

01032015 RayAnother day and another difficulty – seems like that sometimes – right?  Have you ever felt that way in your life’s journey?  Have you ever felt if things could go wrong they would?  Or have you ever felt if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all?  Trials and difficulties just seem to come with the reality that we are human and things will be tough in certain seasons of life.  Can I get an Amen?

I have written on my blog page in the past that the last few years have been rough for me and my family – with the sickness and death of my father in late 2012 – with the loss of an adoptive granddaughter that was in our arms until the birth mom changed her mind – with the near death accident I had with a tractor-trailer that same year – and with other personal and professional happenings.  Part of the prayer/fast for me in 2013 was to dig deeper into my relationship with Jesus – and that is my purpose again in 2015.  I hope that is the point of your prayer/fast as well.

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January 15, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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