Prayer is the natural result of all the behaviors James has been lifting up to us this past month. Righteousness, gentleness, impartiality, benevolence, mercy, faithfulness, generosity. When these behaviors are exhibited, prayer is the inevitable outcome.
Let us go into the world to show that gentleness is not weakness. Go out into the world and choose the wisdom that lifts up gentleness, a gentleness that is even stronger than death.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic - capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” - Albus Dumbledore
Our bodies have such potential within them. They can do the most amazing things. But it all comes down to this: what we choose to do with our body and how we treat other bodies.
James tells us that if the faith we find in the sanctuary doesn’t change our lives or other lives outside of it, then what we found wasn’t really faith at all.
2018.08.12 Sermon (PDF Manuscript)