St. Peter wrote us not a commandment, but encouragement from a faithful shepherd. He encourages us that, recognizing that God has already saved us from the corruption of sin and death, we live in keeping with that truth.
Both Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God. Yet, only one was accepted by God – the sacrifice that was offered in faith and thanksgiving to God.
That’s what Jesus really said to Bartimaeus in Jericho, by the way. Jesus really said, “Recover your sight; your faith has saved you.” God doesn’t work the way man does. He doesn’t forgive, save, or choose based on anything that is in us. He didn’t choose David based on appearances, but because of the faith He created in David’s heart. Not even having faith is something we can do. It is the work of God the Holy Spirit in us.
Text: Luke 17:11-19 St. Paul wrote to the Galatians in the Epistle reading that those who belong to Christ Jesus, “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 4:24, English Standard Version) He wrote this to encourage them and us in our walk as Christians, that we do not fall backward into theContinue reading “When God Blesses You”
Text: Luke 16:19-31 James, the brother of our Lord, wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the second chapter of his epistle, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him… Faith by itself, if it does not have works,Continue reading “The Rich Man and Lazarus”