March 24, 2020

Read James 2

“And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:16)


Suppose a man who lives downtown walks by your house and knocks on your door. He has obviously fallen on hard times. “Fred” has just lost his job. He worked at a restaurant that has been forced to shut down. The man has had a drink or two, you can smell alcohol on his breath. He doesn’t look clean and does not appear to have had a shower in some time. In view of the virus that has been in the news, you want to stay away from this man. Only the Lord knows where he has been and who he has come in contact with. It is just plain unsafe to talk to him. So we dismiss him with a prayer and tell him that we know that our God will provide his needs.


In our passage in the book of James, a man comes to a believer in Christ. The believer knows that Christ is able to provide for this one who has a need. They have great faith that God will take care of them, but they don’t give to him. They don’t see that as their responsibility. The faith is very important, as without faith we can’t please God. But that faith does not help the person or meet his need. God has asked us to demonstrate that love in deeds, not just in words.


We don’t see many needs around us, but that does not mean that they don’t exist. The problems of our day have affected many people. We need to see those people and see the opportunities that God has placed before us to minister to our community. Our prayer has to be, “Lord, show us who has a need and how we can be your hands to meet that need.”


We are here for you. We greatly desire to talk to you. If you are in need or would like to speak with Pastor LaPine, please let us know. You can contact the church by email at, or call the office at 507-289-6750.


An Exercise to increase our faith: Isolation is important, especially if you are “at risk” with health concerns. Today, think of someone in our community that could use your encouragement. Bring a meal over to a neighbor or someone in the church who has had some recent health problems or setbacks due to the recent events of this pandemic. Think of the best way that you can show love to that person. It doesn’t have to be a full meal, it can be a desert or a snack tray. You don’t even have to go into their home. You can call and leave the meal or snack on their deck or porch. You don’t have to say that you love them, you can show it in your heart felt desire to give to them.