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Abiding in Him

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4 Years ago I was speaking to a lady about the Christian faith. After sharing a few things about God, her response to me was, “James, I hate religion.” I surprised her by saying, “I hate religion too!” She was very confused and said, “I don’t understand. How can you hate religion? You’re a Christian.” I explained to her that I wasn’t a religious person (someone that follows man’s traditional standards of being a Christian), but I was a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christians, it’s important to know that following Jesus is a lifesty

Encouraging Words

Proverbs 16:24 "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." I believe we have all heard the saying "sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never harm me." That is a false statement. Words can hurt us and words can encourage us also. We have all been there; we have all used words that have hurt people and we also have been hurt by people's words to us. We cannot control other people's words towards us but we can control, with the help of God, our responses to these hurtful words. It is not what we say that can cut deep into a person’s soul, it is how we say it. Said correctly, our words can be a healing balm to folks. They can inform people what

Refocus

Have you wondered why animal trainers carry a stool when they go into a cage of lions? They have whips and pistols, but they also carry a stool. I read that the stool is their most important tool. The lion tamer holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal. The lion tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal and it becomes weak and disabled because its attention is fragmented. This is exactly what happens to us in our walk with Christ and our level of faith in Him. We come to church and are inspired with a lion-like faith. The minute we walk out of the door, life hits us