Digging in Deeper: James 3:10

“Blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, these things should not be this way.”‬‬ (CSB – Read the chapter

We planted a garden this year. We try to do one every year. We don’t put a whole lot in our garden, but we do have some staples. Squash and zucchini are two of those staples. This year, we planted three squash plants and two zucchini plants. But, once the vegetables started coming to bear, four plants were yielding squash. Do you know what we said? It’s a miracle!

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Morning Musing: James 3:2

“For we all stumble in many ways.  And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to also bridle his whole body.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

There’s an old playground saying that’s used as a defense against being called a mean name.  You’ve probably said it before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  It’s a smart retort in the face of an ugly word, but it is entirely false. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God.  To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.  Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.  Therefore let your words be few.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Recognizing their absence of faithful works, many people think that faithful words will suffice.  And for a while this seems to be the case.  People hear our words and ascribe us honor because of them.  We boast of great things we would do for God.  This eventually becomes boasting of great things we are doing for God and boasts of great acts of faithfulness.  We promise the moon…but wind up delivering only a reflection.  In the end, we have only handfuls of empty promises that leave God disappointed with us and people disillusioned by us.  It is better to let our actions do the talking.