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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Having happiness this year, of course, will not happen automatically. Turning over a new leaf of the calendar won’t change anything. But turning over a new leaf in life can.

What do we need in order to have a happy New Year?

• You need a self you can live with. If you don’t like yourself it’s hard to like anybody or anything else. If you need to change, do it. Christ will help you.

• You need a purpose to live for. Humans are the only creatures who must have a purpose for being. All other animals are content just to exist. Our lives find their deepest meaning in serving God.

• You need a faith to live by.  Life must have some anchors and some compass points. Otherwise we wander aimlessly without a sense of direction. It’s God and his word that give direction to life.

 

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Today's Devotional

On Faith and Works

One of the common denominators of all world religions except Christianity is that they do not correlate faith and works. In Christianity there is the closest correlation between them. In fact the Bible says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

The Bible is clear: a workless faith is worthless faith. 

Faith and works must be balanced in true religion. Faith in God and commitment to Jesus Christ are foundational. No man becomes a Christian merely by being good. Faith is the soil from which good works must grow. Real Christian faith always brings forth the fruit of good works. The true follower of Christ first believes, then he serves. As Dr. Perry Webb, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, once said, “A religion that does not look out and reach out and help out is washed out.”

Let us then put our faith into action and thus prove to all the world that it is not dead. 

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