consistencyDoes it make a difference how we behave in the world? How we act and speak? Will God’s grace take care of everything, or do we need to pay attention to the details of faith? Do we have a whatever faith?

These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters.
James 3:10b NET

James refuses to accept a Christian’s inconsistency. It’s an unacceptable state to God. God is light and in him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). How then can his children allow a mixture of good and evil, of praise to God and cursing one’s neighbor? Continue reading

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you?
Luke 6:46 NET

Just talk. That what the person does who calls Jesus Lord without doing what he orders. Without obeying Christ’s commandments, faith is vain.

The words of Mary still apply: “Whatever he tells you, do it” (John 2:5).

The parable that follows Jesus’ question reveals destruction for those who ignore his words. Continue reading

Richard Mansel, with whom I have more than one connection, was interviewed today about his congregation’s website by his local newspaper, CoastalCourier.com. Some of his comments:

“In a military community with military members, deployed members can visit the Web site and keep up with what is going on in the church. … Writing is my passion. I have these words on the inside that need to come out. … The Web site should be active and updated. Churches can also post CDs and DVDs of sermons. The Internet allows you to present your sermons to the masses. Some people enjoying reading the sermon, listening to it on audio, or watching the sermon.” Continue reading