The other day I had numerous burdens on my shoulders.
At one point I stopped my worried thought and said to myself “I have all these worries and not one of them is of my doing.”
Not one of them came about because of a decision I had made or course of action that I had chosen. Yet here were these burdens I was carrying on my shoulders.
Now I dealt with each one of them the best I could and in a few days they were lifted, but at any time they could and probably would revisit.
I asked myself “Why do people place these burdens on me?”
I thought that would be a good subject for a post but as I started to write this piece a number of days removed from the situation I realized only one person placed those burdens on my shoulders. Continue reading
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
I liked this verse and I wrote it down as a subject for a post. So today I thought it was time to write my post about this verse.
First I thought I would review some commentaries from Biblical scholars to get another point of view on this verse, even though I already had my gut take on it.
All the commentaries had basically the same theme. It was, we are all equal with the caveat, as long as we are “Christians”. They were saying no matter what race or sex or social status, as long as you accept Christ as your savior you’re OK.
Now that was not my gut reaction to this verse. Continue reading
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
I wrote a post about how covetousness is the gateway to all sin. In it I talked about how it is commandment number ten and leads you right up from nine to six. And here, in a letter from James to the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine, my thoughts are confirmed. Continue reading