What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:14-17 NIV

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Dead Faith

According to a report released last Easter by Cardus, a Canadian Christian think tank, “Based on the most recent research, it’s estimated that for every dollar that a congregation spends, the local community on average receives $3.39 in economic benefit. This comes in the form of meal programs, housing, addiction counselling, space for community events, and many other areas. Across Canada’s tens of thousands of religious congregations, the estimated national Halo Effect is $18.2 billion.”

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Faith and trust in Jesus are the foundation of our relationship with Him. We are saved by faith alone in His substitutionary death and resurrection. That faith brings us into a transformational relationship with Him – everything in the life of a follower of Jesus shifts 180 degrees. This impacts our attitude, our thinking, our perception of the world, and how we treat others. Genuine faith in Jesus leads to the same compassion that marked the life of Jesus. His half-brother James would write about this in James 2:14-17: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Our deeds do not save us – but they do prove that we have been genuinely redeemed and transformed. In what ways is your life radically different than before you came to faith in Jesus? If your faith is alive, you will have many answers to that question.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley