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How Good Works Brings Real Faith to Life

"Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works." - James 2:26 NLT A human body without breath is responseless, inanimate, and lifeless. Without breath, the blood stops flowing and the brain shuts down. In the same way, faith dies when it isn't put to work. Faith, without works, is cold and dead. Most people interpret James' words to be a kind of litmus test for what real faith is, and I certainly think James had this nuance in mind as …

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Let’s Blame the Good Stuff on Jesus

I paid a compliment to my friend Bobby once about the kind of husband and all-around good guy he was. His response never left me. "Let's blame that on Jesus, okay?" It wasn't false humility. He genuinely desire to recognize that any good work displayed in his life was a work of the grace of God deep within him. Paul once said essentially the same thing to the Colossians, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to …

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Being Generous in Works and Deeds Too

Writing a check is easy. Perhaps the work of earning the money represented by the check is hard, but in terms of generosity and serving other people, writing a check is usually the easy part, especially for people with wealth. Time often feels much more costly to us in the developed world because money seems so replaceable, even in a slow economy. Serving people, hands on and face-to-face, is hard. It requires that we get out of our comfort zone, risk rejection, do …

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Chuck Swindoll: Serve God By Serving People

Men like Chuck Swindoll have a way of articulating profound truths in rather simple statements. In my own mind, I've struggled to figure out how to get the idea across that we need to serve people in order to serve God. In today's insight for living Chuck had this to say... We find it encouraging to think of ourselves as God's servants. I mean, who wouldn't want to be a servant of the King? But when it comes to serving other people, we begin to question the consequences. …

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