James

In the midst of my normal Bible reading, I am working with my wife to try to memorize the book of James. It is such an amazing book of the Bible. So much depth to it even though it is fairly short. We are both about 3/4 of the way through chapter 1.

What has this done for us?

It has been a great something to lean on both at home and at work. Our team getting ready to go to Cambodia is reading through it, as the book of James is a great guide for doing ministry in the flesh. It is an amazing testimony to the Truth.

Think about it this way, if you have a brother or a sister, what would it take for you to believe they are the Son of God – actually, God. What would it take for you to believe that sibling of yours was raised from the dead after you watched them die at their execution?

I’m guessing you can’t think of anything that would make you believe either of those things. Which is why James is so amazing. James didn’t buy Jesus’ story while he was alive and who would? But once Jesus was resurrected, James saw him and believed and became an amazing testimony in the early church – as we read in the book of James.

I challenge you to read the book of James today. It’s only 5 chapters. You could read it on a break or at lunch. If you can read James and not think that at least one phrase in there is life changing or wowing or something, let me know in the comments and I’ll send you a prize. Because that friends would truly be unbelievable.

For everyone else – what phrase from James did you write down or read twice or underline or highlight? Let me know in the comments.

Election Time

Warren Buffet, in a 2011 interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.

I think this is a great idea. But I also think the idea of career politicians is not good. Term limits in all elected positions, so we get fresh blood, fresh ideas and folks willing to take risks for the people rather than play it safe for re-election.

Just my thoughts, make sure you get out to vote, for something.

What Is the Cost?

I’m a slacker. Forgive me. I’ll spend a few days catching up.

2 Samuel 24:18 – 25

In 2 Samuel we learn a lot about King David. That is still the David from the David and Goliath story that almost everyone knows. David says a lot in the Bible. A lot of the Psalms are written by David. So there is a lot to choose from, but I think one of the most profound things he says, comes right here.

A prophet comes to David and tells him he is to go a specific person and build an altar to the Lord on this guys threshing floor. David sets off to do just that. Now the guy, Araunah, sees the King outside his front door and does what most of us would do. Why are you here? David tells him, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the Lord, that the plague my be averted from the people.” 2 Sam. 24:21 Araunah has the King show up and drop a Jesus Juke in his lap, so Araunah answers the way all of us would – Just take it man, I’ll give it to you, I’ll give you everything you need. What’s mine is yours.

But then David gets profound. Check out verse 24

“But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.”

A sacrifice to God isn’t a sacrifice unless it costs you something.

So where are you at? Are you giving God your spare time? Are you giving God your spare change? Are you giving God what you have left over?

God isn’t interested in your leftovers or what you can spare. He wants you.