Faith and Works

Faith and Works

Romans 9:30-32

What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.  Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Works and faith, that is what is being compared in these verses.  At least that was my initial thought when I made a note to myself to write something about these verses.  But the more I contemplated the words written by Paul, I realized what Paul is writing about. Continue reading

Pray For What We Covet

Pray For What We Covet

James 4:1-3

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