Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 10, 2019

James and the Church Family

James 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings. (NIV)

I like the introduction to James in “The Message” translation of the Holy Bible.  James was a half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up with Him.  As per normal human behavior, we tend to think more critically of those closest to us even though we love them.  James grew up not believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus showed Himself to James after His resurrection.  We all must believe in the resurrected Jesus to be a Christian believer.

When Christian belivers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does.  Outsiders, and labels them a such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised.  It’s simiar with sinners outside the church. (The Message Bible)

James deals with the various problems pastors have in discerning, confronting and dealing with the normal problems of sin in the body of believers.  Each of us, from time to time, are part of those problems.  Let us look to our own words and actions rather than judging the words and actions of others in our church family.  Let us be an active participant in the gathering together for worship which includes encouraging others and helping others rather than judging and criticizing.

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July 9, 2019

Encouraging in Actions

Filed under: encouragement,love,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Hebrews 10:24 Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (The Message)

We are to be inventive in encouraging love among all of us.  We are to be helping out each other.  Each of us perceives love in different ways.  There are many books written on the different languages of love.  Being inventive means, we are to find ways to reach out to love in ways the love can be understood and received.  For some it might be a phone call, for other a visit, for some it might mean an offer to go out someplace.  There are multitudes of ways to demonstrate our love for one another.  Also, multiple ways to help out others.  But we are not to stop with reaching out in love.  We are to come together to worship together.  Something they needn’t go to a group worship service.  They nick pick and think they can worship by themselves so much better than with others.  The benefit of worshiping together is to encourage others in their worship.  Basically, our problem is a me-first and I have the only right way of doing things attitude.  Let us not be self-absorbed.  Let us love as Jesus loves, not just in our words but also in our actions.

April 13, 2019

Encouragement

Filed under: armor,encouragement,faith,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Romans 1:12  that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (NIV)

We are to encourage each other to keep faith and grow in faith.  All of us have heard about how a charcoal coal, left by itself, will eventually quit burning.  However, when in a pile with other coals the fire can become quite hot.  There are several ways to encourage each other in our faith.  One, of course, is the gathering together in a church building.  That isn’t but once or twice a week.  There are at least 5 other days that we could all use some encouragement.  Paul writes often of how much he prays for all the believers.  This is a good way for encouragement for prayer is the strongest weapon we have.  We can also speak a good word to one another as we see others at work, school, shopping or in our own neighborhoods.  Then there is the telephone, e-mail and texting.  Let’s take advantage of the electronic age and use it in encouraging one another in our individual walks.  Sometimes just a short “Hi” brings all the encouragement someone might need on a particular day.  The day I wrote this is the 4th anniversary of my spouse leaving me for the throne of God and I was encouraged by a text from my daughter asking how I was doing.  Just knowing someone is thinking of us is a big encouragement.  Who will you encourage today?

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