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The Apostle likes the tongue to a fire, a world of unrighteousness. He uses the analogy of the rudder on a ship: relatively small, yet it turns the whole boat. A tongue, though small, can stain the whole body. Curse and blessing comes out of the same mouth. “This ought not to be so,” he says.
The Apostle James calls us Christians to action. He warns us strictly not to be partial to various people but treat all with respect. He also says that if someone is in need of food we should not just wish them well. We ought to actually help them, out of love for Christ.
Paul, in a farewell to the Ephesians urges them — and us — to take up the shield of faith. Faith extinguishes the flaming darts of the Devil. Faith keeps us safe in a close relationship with God.
Jesus is the healing bread the Father sent into the world. Jesus is the cure for death. He is the only one who can save us from eternal condemnation in hell.
Elijah had just faced and destroyed four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal. He fled to the mountains and hid in a cave. He was feeling downright depressed. The Lord healed him with a three-point therapy: rest, eat, and focus on God’s Will in your life.
We are all brought together in the church which is the body of Christ. We are strong and kept safe in the church because Christ is Lord of all. We share one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all.
God speaks no idle words. When He establishes a covenant, we can count on it. In Holy Baptism, God adopts us as His own, names us after Himself, and promises to be with us always to the end of the age. He is with us in the storms of life and even climbs into our boat.
Jesus looked up to Heaven before He fed the crowds. It makes perfect sense to us to look up and thank God for the food on our tables. Jesus will provide for every meal.
Jeremiah suffered a great deal in his life as a prophet. But, he never despaired. He kept waiting for the Lord’s help. He wrote that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Remember that when you see the sun rise!
“Behold I stand at the door and knock,” says Jesus. People who receive Him as their Savior walk through life in safety because Jesus watches them. Christians live without fear!
God has it all planned: when the mortal is swallowed up by life, we will be given a spiritual body, like Jesus’ upon the resurrection. So, we are always of good courage.
Camping can be fun, but when the tent leaks and collapses, it is better to move into a building. This is how Paul sees our earthly bodies. They are temporary. Our spiritual bodies, upon our resurrection, are permanent.