Weekly Inspiration

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Two

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part Two

Caution, Complaining Christians Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James One interesting exercise is to imagine that your conversation is being recorded and printed for your benefit or critique, whatever is applicable.  We have already heard from James that the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts…forest set…

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Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part One

Standing Firm, Perseverance to the End – Part One

Jesus is Coming Again Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James As we have said, sometimes the hardest thing about life is it is so daily!  Standing in, standing firm, keeping our eyes on the prize, running the race, all are pictures of the discipline of one of the five fundamentals of Christianity –…

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The Danger of Wealth – Part Two

The Danger of Wealth – Part Two

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Okay, we jumped over the skeptical fence last week.  To the skeptic who says, “Bring it on” to the dangers of wealth, James speaks like a prophet and warns that the very thing we seek, as to wealth, slips through our fingers like sand: ‘misery is coming…

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The Danger of Wealth – Part One

The Danger of Wealth – Part One

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Yea. Right.  The danger of Wealth.  Bring it on!  We are some blend of cynical, cavalier and greedy when it comes to wealth.  Some current spokesmen have looked beyond this cultural and western world phenomenon, but the general pattern of we, as American,s earning all we…

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Applications of Humility

Applications of Humility

Be Slow to Anger – Part 5 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James James continues in his black and white descriptions of good and evil.  He has knocked us off our fence-sitting.  He has identified true and false repentance.  He has taken on the arrogant and proud Christian straightforward.  Now, in that same…

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Applications of Repentance

Applications of Repentance

Be Slow to Anger – Part 4 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Last week, James faced us squarely with inconsistent living that was transparent infidelity to God and choosing life goals that made a mockery of the God we claimed to belong to and follow.  Now, James applies this to relationships! …

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A Call for Repentance

A Call for Repentance

Be Slow to Anger – Part 3 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Have you ever asked yourself, when do major life changes happen, if ever?  In those around me?  In me?  Are my changes or accommodations just gestures for the moment, through the tincture of time, only to revert to old…

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CAUTION – NO FENCE SITTING!

CAUTION – NO FENCE SITTING!

Be Slow to Anger – Part Two Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Much of life is, by necessity, compromise, finding the middle ground, seeing mediated solutions, and understanding value to multiple perspectives.  But not so with spiritual allegiances – in that world, there is no compromise, no fence sitting. James 4:4-6 4You…

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Be Slow to Anger

Be Slow to Anger

Part One Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James The summary verse that outlines this New Testament book is James 1:19.  We are now in our third section which will finish the book – ‘be slow to anger.’  Even in the early church, the behavior and conduct was not exemplary.  In at least some…

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A Cacophony of Words

A Cacophony of Words

Slow to Speak – Part 4 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James We live in a world where actions and speech are too often ill-advised, not thought out, and spoken with social media impunity.  In other words, a cacophony of words that speak to the character of those around us.  All too often…

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How to Measure Genuine Humility in Life

How to Measure Genuine Humility in Life

Quick to Listen – Part 3 Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things attract more than genuine humility; few things repel faster than phony humility.  For James, the guessing game is straightforward, as measurements are offered up to test and evaluate each of our lives. James 3:13-18 13Who is wise and understanding among…

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Pride and Humility

Pride and Humility

WISDOM & SUCCESSFUL LIVING:Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Have you ever noticed that life is something about avoiding extremes?  The pendulum swings between self-loving and self-loathing.  The social sciences are of limited help in understanding ourselves.   The Scriptures affirm the need to judge ourselves, but it also is clear about cautioning…

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Finishing the Race

Finishing the Race

WISDOM & SUCCESSFUL LIVING:  Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things in life are move valuable than experience.  Admittedly, it is wearing on the soul at times.  The elder saint who said, ‘The hard thing about life is that it is so daily’.  But, in the words of Mark Twain, ‘Do not…

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Unlikely Heroes of the Faith – Mercy Continuing to Triumph Over Judgment

Unlikely Heroes of the Faith – Mercy Continuing to Triumph Over Judgment

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Unlikely players in the Biblical narrative – the unlikely but real Heroes of the Faith.  Rahab, a prostitute, a Gentile outside the Jewish protections and community, stepped up and demonstrated her living faith by her works. James 2:25-26 25In the same way, was not even Rahab the…

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Faith, Works & Maturity

Faith, Works & Maturity

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James We are in a very contemporary discussion – frankly a dispute – about history in our country.  The foolish actions of some to tear down statues and monuments, without regard for the historical contribution to the issues of racism in our country, has been disheartening.  As…

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Counterfeit Belief Systems

Counterfeit Belief Systems

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Two of the greatest theological errors in America are the following: I am a Christian because (1) I was born in America, or I was born to a Christian family; or (2) I believe in God, therefore I am a Christian.  Wrong.  Very wrong. God has…

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Faith and Works – Seeing Christian Growth in Action

Faith and Works – Seeing Christian Growth in Action

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Mercy Over Judgment (Part 2) In even the most simple analysis, we are born and grow, we increase in size and stature – hopefully with wisdom – and we (and our parents) have as an end goal for us a responsible and independent-living adult making contributions…

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Choose Mercy over Judgment – Every time!

Choose Mercy over Judgment – Every time!

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James I am amazed at the blend of self-righteousness and self-deception.  This is a combination that, like oil and water, never mixes, and only results in lethal consequences.  Both human maladies are summarized in Biblical warnings against pride.  Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.…

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The Spiritual Measure of True Wealth and Riches

The Spiritual Measure of True Wealth and Riches

As is often in life for those of us committed to living like Jesus, the price tags are all wrong!  Least is most, last is first, and here, the poor are wealthy! James 2:5-7 5Listen, my dear brothers and sisters:  Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be…

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Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James One bedrock principle of the Church is that the ground at the base of the cross is level.  All are sinners.  All are in need of salvation.  Grace is a free gift of God, not earned. Personal standing or merit has no basis. In that regard, all men…

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True Measure of Living

True Measure of Living

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James On this holiday weekend, many are less fortunate.  We do not have the luxury of living separate and apart from the needs and challenges of our community.  To be engaged in the Kingdom of God requires involvement in the world we live, with compassion and commitment.…

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Cultivating a Consistent Life

Cultivating a Consistent Life

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James Few things frustrate me more, personally, or professionally, than the need to repeat myself, or remind myself, of what I or others have known, been requested or reminded of, and forget, ignore, let go, overlook, whatever.  Now, to be sure, we all forget things from time…

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More Listening Less Talking

More Listening Less Talking

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Studies in James To date, we have drawn out six lessons from James 1.  This is strategic and important because it both defines how to live successfully and how to navigate through the crucible of hard times which populate all of our lives. These six lessons to date can…

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The Ups and Downs of Life

The Ups and Downs of Life

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 6 of 12 In our pilgrimage through the New Testament, defining skillful living and wisdom and success, we have seen the following: For God’s people, He tailor makes tests in life designed to grow us up.  These trials are to be received with joy and with perseverance, without challenging…

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The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 5 of 12 So far in this series, we are working on understanding living successfully with wisdom.  So long as we have the gift of life and health, the challenge remains in front of us. In summary, our first four lessons for skillful living during hard times, from James 1, are…

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Four Eternal Truths

Four Eternal Truths

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 4 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice. Maybe it would be easier if life came with a buyer’s…

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Learning From Life Circumstances

Learning From Life Circumstances

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 3 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice. It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life…

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When I Am Confused about What to Do

When I Am Confused about What to Do

Life Lessons from Hard Times – Part 2 of 12 Advocating skillful living is all well and good – even kind of lofty – but what happens if I am confused about what to do, I come up short on options, or I am afraid of making the wrong decision?  My ‘wisdom ship’ has sprung a…

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Life Lessons from Hard Times

Life Lessons from Hard Times

Part 1 of 12 Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life with skill around the circumstances you…

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Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Part Two of Two Continuing with our series on Wisdom and Successful Living, we have found that wisdom is both from above and necessary in our daily living.  It is a life skill that comes with knowledge and practice.  It is the Hebrew term chokmah, which means skillful living or wisely winding your life with skill around the circumstances you…

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Virtual Tasting Recipes

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/12/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/12/20

2019 Sauvignon Blanc or 2019 White Pinot with Grilled Fish with Cherry Salsa and Stir-Fried Shrimp and Zucchini

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/5/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 6/5/20

2017 Reserve Chardonnay with Creamy Chicken Dijon Fettuccine and 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with Blackberry Ricotta Pizza with Basil

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/29/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/29/20

2018 White Blend with Orange-Glazed Shrimp and 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir with Mushroom Orzo Risotto

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/22/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/22/20

2016 White Blend with Street Tacos and 2014 White Port with Baby Arugula Salad with Pears, Hazelnuts and Port Dressing

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/15/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/15/20

2017 Estate Viognier with Butternut Squash Soup with Curry and Ginger and 2014 Tempranillo with Fig Crostini with Pepper Jack Cheese

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/8/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/8/20

2009 Bordeaux Blend with Cocoa-Spiced Rubbed Pork and 2014 Sauvignon Blanc with Champagne Jelly

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Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/1/20

Virtual Tasting Recipes – 5/1/20

2017 Estate Pinot Noir with Salami Pizza Quesadilla and 2017 Estate Chardonnay with Sweet Potato Fries

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