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Dwelling or Serving?

I was blessed this weekend to spend time with thousands of teenagers in Gatlinburg, TN at a huge conference called Winterfest.  During that time, I was able to hear a few great speakers and a lot of spiritual motivation.  Hopefully, some of those messages and ideas will be expressed over the next few weeks through this space.  However, right now, especially this morning, my body is still dealing with the awkward sleep schedule that my teenage roommates dealt me.

This morning then, here is a simple part of a fascinating Psalm.

 10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.


Today, are who dwelling in the wrong tents?  You are you serving with this one day you have been blessed with?

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What Would James Do

This past weekend I had the great opportunity to spend my time in Gatlinburg with over 11,000 teenagers and their chaperons at a fantastic conference. During on the sessions, there was a fantastic comedian named Michael Jr.  This is a very funny man who has a great love for his creator.

Anyway, during his show, one of his joke sets is about the whole WWJD thing.  But he talks about Jesus’ brother – James, and spins a few very funny stories about James growing up with Jesus asking the question What Would James Do?

So, I thought I would take a look myself.  However, at first I had to find a bible that still had the book of James in it – as I have been known to tear those pages out of the bible since they are so difficult and penetrating.

Take a look at this.

12 In everything you say and do, remember that you will be judged by the law that makes people free.13 So you must show mercy to others, or God will not show mercy to you when he judges you. But the person who shows mercy can stand without fear at the judgment. James 2:12-13 New Century Version (NCV)

Taking nothing from Michael Jr’s comedy, which is outstanding, I think we have found what James would do – and it is to live a life that reflects the mercy we have been given from the Creator of the world through the forgiveness of our mistakes.  James reminds us to show mercy to others in the same way we have been shown mercy.  That’s whats James would do – ’nuff said…..