I trust you had a good weekend. I pray it was restful. I pray it was joy filled. I hope your college team won (ours did, go Ducks!) Anyway, I pray that you are doing well.
This last week I had the joy of beginning a new Beth Moore study on the book of James: Mercy Triumphs. I'm joining others from the Beautifully Rooted community as we journey through this together. You can read all about it here, and you can even join in-it's not too late!
So this is a wrap up of the first week, and I think it's safe to say that Beth really rocked a lot of our worlds with her intro in the book of James.
First off, she didn't even get to the book of James. Honestly, I was surprised at first, but as the daily lessons unfolded I got a glimpse of James like I have never seen him before. I had never thought of him as anything else other than "the Lord's brother." But I began to see him as a man who at first denied the divinity of Jesus, who thought Jesus was crazy, who was offended when Jesus disowns his own family-and publicly at that! (see Mark 3:31-35)
And then? Grace. Jesus appears to James after the resurrection and James goes on to become a pillar of the early church. All that, from a guy who once thought Jesus was a nut case.
And in that I have been reminded of his great grace, no matter where I have been or what I have gone through Jesus still accepts me, he is still gracious to me, and just like James, I can still experience Jesus appearing to me. Sometimes we just need that reminder, don't we?
The other thing that caught my attention? Galatians 5:25, in The Message:
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out it's implications in every detail of our lives.
That is my goal. I want to take what I learn here in the next few months and allow it to invade every area of my life, not just where it's convenient or comfortable, but everything!
I'm so anxious to continue, and so excited to see what God will do through this time. And the best part? You can join us, you really can. Beth makes it easy to participate at the level that works for you. If you can only watch the DVDs, or just work through the book, or if you want to go bananas and memorize the entire book of James, whatever level you choose you will benefit-promise. It's good stuff, God's word is always and always life changing!