Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 11:30 The godly are like trees that bear life-giving fruit, and those who save lives are wise.

You can easily tell who are godly. Those who are really right with God stand out from those who are just the pretenders and those who are ungodly. Godly people are alive. Their faith is actively at work in them and it shows. They ooze the life of the Spirit, producing life-giving fruit. Their demeanor is different than most. Godliness is seen in them both in public and in private. The character of Christ is evidenced in how they interact with others. Godly people are not into themselves; they are people orientated. They show a real concern for the souls of others.

Wise are those who reach out to others and strive to lead them to Calvary and God’s throne room. It is good for one’s soul to live to do God’s will, to go into the world in order to make disciples. It is good to help others find their way to saving faith. It is good for God’s children to strive to stunt the growth of hell’s population.

Wisdom characterizes the godly. Therefore, it behooves us to do all we can to be a godly people. It takes a lot of determination, perseverance, trust and effort on our part. We must keep doing the things that help us to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord. We produce life-giving fruit in direct proportion to the effort we put into being a holy people.

Life-giving fruit is what pleases God. It is why we are saved by His grace. We are not saved just for ourselves. The Lord chooses us to live for Him. He chooses us to make a difference in the world, bring to it redeeming grace. If you are a child of God, you will produce life-giving fruit for the glory of Christ.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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