Happy Indigenous People Day! It is one of humanity’s greatest tragedies that the “discovery” of the New World resulted in the genocide, slavery, and mass extortion of the indigenous populations in the Americas. Because of those FACTS, I am glad to see that the world has shifted away from celebrating an evil explorer and, instead, choose to spend time lifting up the people God had placed in this part of the world long before it was “discovered.” How wonderful this land would have been if true Christian explorers had come over, taught Christianity throughout the western world, and we had allowed those who lived here before to teach European and American settlers how to be conservative and live with nature!
Looking ahead to this week, I will be sharing a handful of sermons to this blog. Our home church had a great sermon and I want to catch y’all up on Elevation’s amazing word from the last two weeks. But for today, here’s Mack Brock’s newest single and a reminder to bless the One! The greatest indigenous person to ever walk this Earth
18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder. (James 2:18, 19)
This is one of my favorite verses in the New Testament. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” I know that this sounds a bit contradictory to everything we have looked at thus far, especially when we talk about not passing judgement and this sure sounds judgmental. But I urge you, dear reader, do not think that just faith in God and Jesus alone are the keys to salvation. Faith brings grace, grace that is given to all of mankind whether they receive it or not. But faith is just the initial step. Once you have found faith, received Christ into your heart, and been born again into your new life, then your old life is dead. Your new life is one that has to be surrounded by good deeds. There is no inbetween. You either are born again in Christ or you are just the empty tomb. Sure it gives validation of the greatness of God, but even Jesus rose up to go out into the world and go back to work. You may not be able to put hands on the sick and heal them, you may not be able to break a piece of bread and feed thousands, but I bet you can do some form of good, and that’s what you must do, every chance you get. That is living your faith through your deeds.
Reading plan: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Deeper reading plan: Hosea 12
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray for peace and common sense to infect the minds of Americans. Pray for civility and calm and for Christians to be a beacon of hope and consistency for all those who may face increased anxiety in this coming month. Pray for revival that is permanent and world changing.
Fitness challenge: Day 42-42 reps each:
- Hand-release Push-up
- Jumping squat
- Leg lifts
Run: Monday-resistance running day. Whatever you used last week, get after it again. This week, perform 16 sprints with whatever resistance you can come up with, add a half mile warm-up and cool-down.