Week 50   Day 2



            On one occasion years ago

            when I went to visit someone in the hospital

                         I asked the receptionist for the room number 

                        of the patient I had come to see.  


                        She seemed reluctant to give me the information. 

                        Finally she blurted out, "You don't look like a pastor." 


                        To which I replied,

                        "That's funny, you don't look like a receptionist." 


                        Fortunately, we both laughed about the incident 

                        and I received the information I needed.


            We all make a lot of judgments about people

            on the basis of appearances 


                        the well-off and well-dressed and influential 

                        often evoke reactions of deference


                        the poor and shabby and powerless 

                        often evoke reactions of disdain  


                        some of us look pretty good on the outside 

                        but inside our hearts are breaking 


                        some of us look pretty worn on the outside 

                        but inside our spirits are filled with gratitude 


            When we look only at outward appearances

            we miss a lot






                       COMBINING FAITH AND ACTIONS

 Walking the talk is not talk that walks all over everybody.

                                          James 2 & 3


  1Do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus with partiality.  2 If

there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings,

in fine apparel, and also a poor man in filthy clothes, 3and you

pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him,

"Sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "Stand there,"

or, "Sit here at my footstool," 4have you not shown partiality and

become judges with evil thoughts?  5Has God not chosen the
of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom? 

    14What does it profit if someone says he has faith but does

not have works?  Can faith save him?  15 If a brother or sister is
and destitute, 16and one of you says to them, "Depart in
be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things
are needed for the body, what does it profit?  17Thus also
faith by
itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    18But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." 

Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my

faith by my works.  19You believe there is one God.  You do well. 

Even the demons believe and tremble!    21Was not our father

Abraham justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the

altar?  22Faith was working together with his works, and by works

faith was made perfect?  23The Scripture was fulfilled which

says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for

righteousness."  And he was called the friend of God.  24Man

is justified by works, and not by faith only.  26As the body

without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

    5The tongue is little and boasts great things.  See how great
forest a little fire kindles!  6The tongue is so set that it defiles
whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature.  7Every
kind of beast and bird is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 

8But no man can tame the tongue.  It is an unruly evil, full of

deadly poison.  9With it we bless our God and Father; with it
we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 

10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.  These

things ought not to be so. 

    13Who is wise among you?  Let him show by good conduct

that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.  16Where

envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are

there.  17The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then

peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits,

without partiality and without hypocrisy. 
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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