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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Works and Changes - 2 Feb 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

So many people who call themselves Christians proclaim, “You are saved by faith and not works.” This is true - as a first step. A truly “saved” person has the Holy Spirit of God residing in his heart. As a result, changes take place –changes for the better. And changes often involve work.

In John 8:11, Jesus tells the woman caught in sin “…go your way. From now on sin no more.”

In effect, Jesus is telling the woman to change.

Also in the Bible, James makes it very clear in Chapter 2 that faith without works is dead.

James Chapter 2:

17. Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

20. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

24. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone.

26. For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Works and changes can “work” together with faith.

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