Author: James Williams

When It’s Hard to Forgive

“Christians are the most forgiven people in the world. Therefore, we should be the most forgiving people in the world.” While we know that should be true, it isn’t always the case. I know I’m supposed to forgive, but sometimes I just don’t want to. Sometimes it seems too hard actually to forgive…at least, to do so completely. To say, ‘I forgive you’ is easy enough, but to do the deep heart-work of truly forgiving someone takes commitment, love, and a heart that has been forgiven much. In his book The Peacemaker, Ken Sande gives an in-depth guide to...

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We Do Ministry by His Power in Us

Colossians 1:24-29, “24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ...

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The Place of Fasting in the Christian Life

In moments of extreme difficulty or longing desperation, people in Scripture often turned to prayer and fasting. Consider David fasting for his sick child (2 Samuel 12:14-16), the people of Nineveh fasting at word of their coming judgment (Jonah 3), or Jesus fasting before beginning his earthly ministry (Matt. 4), and many others. Scripture is clear that fasting is a spiritual act of worship to God. We are currently in a series on the Spiritual disciples. Throughout this series, we’ve considered Bible intake through hearing and reading, Bible intake by meditation and memorization, prayer, evangelism, serving, and stewardship. Today,...

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The Importance of Stewardship in the Christian Life

He wasn’t sure what he should do, so he buried the money. His master had left town. Instead of getting that time off, he was given a talent and expected to invest it well. He had plenty of ideas, but they were all so risky. His master was a harsh man, even immoral, and the last thing he wanted to do was lose the money. So he played it safe and buried it. Upon his master’s return, he had to give an account. He confessed his lack of action, hoping the master would be pleased…after all, he was giving...

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A Right View of God and His Word

Psalm 119:129-136, “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me. Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts. Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. My eyes shed streams of tears,...

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