FROM THE PULPIT: Practicing your faith takes courage and discipline

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

Do you have the courage to follow Jesus Christ?

When Christians say they are Jesus’ disciples, it means they are his students. They learn from him and practice lessons that come from him.

This means practicing those lessons that contradict society’s ways.              

Jesus talks about the love of money being the root of all evil. How much do you love money? Do you pursue it with a vengeance to the detriment of other obligations?

The Bible teaches that everyone is created in God’s image, that everyone is equal in God’s sight. As a student of Jesus Christ, do you think you are better than some people — or many people? Do you think there are persons or groups of persons that are inferior… different nationalities, different skin colors, different ways of interpreting the scriptures? Do you carry any prejudices, whether it is about race or economic status?

Jesus teaches that Sabbath rest is important. He practiced this himself by spending time alone to pray and have focused time with God. Do you practice Sabbath rest, or are you active seven days a week? Do you declare that you deserve to have fun, and by so doing have no thought for your relationship with God?

Jesus teaches that we must stand firm in our conviction of him. He says to let our yes be yes and our no be no.

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