Entries by David Cornell

Monday 14 November 2022

How do I make my plans in this life? If I am to take seriously the reality that I “do not even know what will happen tomorrow”, how does this affect how I make my plans and live my life? How often is it that I make plans in order to secure myself, and indeed, […]

Sunday 13 November 2022

The sentiment in this verse is familiar to us all: “don’t judge others, lest you be judged” ala Jesus in Matthew 7. Similar maxims exist outside of the New Testament – you only need to google image search “Don’t judge people” for an eye rolling tour of motivational posters, social media one liners and memes. […]

Saturday 12 November 2022

God has truly provided the means for us to live content, satisfied and meaningful lives. Not necessarily free of strife, but full of purpose, calling & goodness. Yet the more I read these verses, the more I see how we sell ourselves so short! We covet, we quarrel, and we determine our own and others’ […]

Friday 11 November 2022

True wisdom is a virtue of great worth. It has been sought after from century to century. Many claims have been made about what it is and how to get it. The scriptures speak a lot about wisdom. Best known are the Old Testament books of Wisdom (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job). In Proverbs, wisdom is […]

Thursday 10 November 2022

Part of maturing as a Christian is learning to control our tongues – how we speak. How we speak about God, others, ourselves, and even the world around us reflects where we are in our faith and the attitude of our heart. James reminds us of the power of how we speak. It has the […]

Wednesday 9 November 2022

Faith or belief in God on its own is not enough, it must be backed up with actions or good deeds.  As believers it is our good deeds that show others our faith, it is the evidence that our faith is alive and active.  The passage goes on to give examples of faith and good […]

Tuesday 8 November 2022

This is such a good description of how God turns our thinking upside down. He has chosen those who are lowest to be the highest at His table. It is so easy to forget that as we go about our day to day. Our thinking can be overwhelmed by all the messages we get every […]

Monday 7 November 2022

We are called to be people who both listen and remember. Have you ever been listened to? Have you had someone engage with what you’re saying, ask the right follow-up questions, give you space to finish your thought? Have you ever been remembered? Have you had someone call you after a big event to ask […]

Sunday 6 November 2022

There is a lot to take in here. To help make sense of all that James is saying over these 18 verses, I can see two clear time frames he is referring to: Eternity. As we look at the time frame of eternity, James tells us to Persevere. My goal is not my short-term comfort […]

Saturday 5 November 2022

This Psalm is like a mighty recount of the graciousness of God throughout the history of his people Israel. David looks back over Israel’s history, recalling many defining events often involving miraculous deliverance or provision. Time and again the people strayed or outright ignored God, including trying to replace him with local deities. But the […]