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Faith without Works Is Dead

Today’s Reflection

WHEN WE ASK GOD to remove our character flaws, we also need to actively replace them with the opposite qualities. If we battle we selfishness, we can begin to do kind or helpful things for others. If we procrastinate a lot, we can get down to doing something that we have been avoiding. As we take action to build positive habits like these into our lives with God’s help, our prayers for change will become more effective. After all, as the Bible makes very clear, faith without works is dead (James 2:17).

– Trevor Hudson
One Day at a Time

From page 78 of One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality by Trevor Hudson. Copyright (c) 2007 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How have you opened yourself to God’s answer to prayer? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Colossians 1:11-12, NRSV

This Week: pray for the courage to be bold. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
Benedict of Nursia
(July 11).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller July 12, 2013, 2:06 am

    I’m very thankful for the wonderful blessing that came yesterday as Anneliese and I had help to remove unwanted STUFF from the townhouse after a tenant left. The two men who helped were like angels who just did amazing work. We are now able to carry on the work to make the town house available to family who soon will be closer to us.

    Lord, thank you for encouraging us to be bold and do what is needed to help others. My son and my mother will soon be near us. In Your name I give thanks. Amen.

  • Jill July 12, 2013, 5:34 am

    I have tried to be true to “Have Thine own way, Lord. Have Thine own way. Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.” And when there is recognition…”It is well…with my soul.”

    Father, thank You for the peace that You have brought.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling July 12, 2013, 6:12 am

    Father God, may you remove my character flaws and replace them with good character. Help me to take action to build positive habits on my life for faith without works dead.

  • Betsy July 12, 2013, 7:52 am

    I ask for prayers this weekend as families and friends come together to celebrate my son and his fiance’s engagement. May God see fit to open us all as we meet her family. Blessings on them both as they forge a new life together! Thank you also, Father God, for such good friends who are showing their love and support by giving this dinner for us.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling July 13, 2013, 8:23 am

      Congratulations and may God’s blessings and presence be with you and your family and friends as you celebrate this special moment 🙂

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling July 13, 2013, 1:55 am

    Father God, may you remove my character flaws and replace them with good character. Help me to take action to build positive habits on my life for faith without works is dead.

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