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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

Jul 9, 2017

James 1:1-11
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

What would it look like for you to "lack nothing" in your existence? It would take contentment not only in your life with God but with your life among others as well. James is not calling us to a naive existence that calls suffering a "happy" thing, but rather he is telling us that it is the trials of life that are the gas in the engine moving us toward "completeness" in Christ. Many people get tripped up in suffering and who can blame them, this life is hard. However, James wants us to know this week that God is love and his love is steadfast in trials, and it is generous in faith and his love shows no favoritism to anyone! Join us as we begin a study in the letter of James and seek the Holy Spirit together to change us and form us in the love of God.