Church of the Living God


  • Sovereignty and Prayer

    “Instead of making these great plans as if you have everything under control by your own power, you ought to say what you have been taught:  “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  – James 4 There are things we pray for already knowing God’s will.   Love, Joy, […]

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  • The Path to Peace

    James 4:4-5 “You have committed spiritual adultery against God!  Don’t you know that the love of this world’s pleasures is an act of hostility against God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the corruption of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Do you think that the Scripture was lying  about this, or […]

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  • The Dangers of Discontent

       I carry with me a device which enables me to:• access the internet• listen to music• fail at Angry Birds• calculate• tell time• take pictures• store information in a “cloud”• contact people immediately by sending words through the air• locate myself through GPS• monitor my heart rate• track the stock market• do root canals. […]

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  • Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom

    “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose […]

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  • Theologies of Poverty and Prosperity

    “Every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to use it, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” – Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 5:19 There is a great conversation in “Fiddler on the Roof” where Perchik is talking with […]

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  • Money and Worship

    “It is not persecution of the church in China that I fear. The church has always been able to weather persecution. My fear is love of money in the church.”  – anonymous Chinese pastor    “Your checkbook is a theological statement.“ – Billy Graham The Occupy movement is getting a lot of press right now. […]

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     But whoever studies and knows God’s perfect law of liberty that brings true freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard and seen about themselves, but actually changing because of it—they will be blessed as a result of their honesty and obedience.  Real faith, the kind that honors God, expresses itself: it reaches […]

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  • I Can See The Moon

    My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon. — Japanese poet Masahide The advice of James in the first century translates very well into a 21st century offers the same challenges.       “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. As an example of patience in the […]

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  • The Joy of Trials

    James 1:1 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.”      Two key cultural events that had a “scattering” effect:  Persecutions had begun, and a major famine had hit.  The persecution had scattered the Jewish Christians, and the famine had hit what […]

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