Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dad's Lesson of the week:

My dad has bible lessons each Sunday. Today's was on James 1. He goes through a book a chapter, and a verse at a time. I'm proud of him ---not only because he is my dad, but that he has so much responsibility.

Here is this weeks lesson:
"To the churches scattered abroad..." the basis of this comes in the next verse :
"my bretheren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;"

explanation: Prophecy in Acts 1 "you will be scattered to the ...uttermost parts..." What does the verse say? Scattered abroad. When harm comes to the church and we are seperated and tempted in many ways, we are to count it joy. Often if you see from other patience given gifts from your past temptations you have seen you can look in God's perspective and find joy in it ---- "look now, there may be many saved in this desolate place. Only God knows. " These seek to build the church even if they are alone.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..."
"let him ask in faith nothing wavering..." that is, doubt or fear beside.

A contributer said about the book of James that the verses are there to show a simple person how to have God's character. I added, concerning James, that Christians should read James as often as they can. The book says so much about how we need to live it's impossible to be victorious without it. What encouragement! Also we turned to Proverbs 2:2 "So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;" That wraps up James whole message in James. It's all about how to apply your heart to understanding. AMEN


A book that I finished last December really impacted my life. The Purpose Driven Life. It is presented in a volume of God's glory-focus. Brilliant! I find purpose looking into Jesus through God's works in the gospels, which the book suggests as a focus in a way that sparks new faith in old eyes. Driven, gives the reader steps to discover a "life purpose statement." Another thing is that direct mention in this book tells of where your talents lie, whether cooking cleaning, building, plumbing, your education, your favorite interests are most likely your talents for God's ministry for you within the Body of Christ. And where you have experienced your hardest or most painful days of trial and redemption, that is how you impact the children in your congregation the most. Open it up! Driven is on my heart now. I learned to minimize my pursuits, get insights into how God has worked in my life, and have successfully set my gaze on God and His will.