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REV. ANDREW DEMOTSES

My thoughts are never far away from the monthly articles that I write for this bulletin. I have to meet a deadline, and write a story that is different from the thousand that went before. Whenever a thought comes to mind, or an article of current events inspires me, I jot it down or cut it out and put it into a file. If I run out of ideas, I need only open my folder to find a pile of material that I can easily use.

It seems to me that we all do something very similar with our faith. We know all the rules, all of the principles, and all of the facts. But we place them in a file, intending to use them and practice them someday soon. We consider ourselves Christian, but our lives are no different from those who have no faith, because Christianity is for us a theory on file and not a plan of daily action.

The Apostle James understood very well how easy it is for us to talk a good game. He gave advice that is wonderfully timely for us when he wrote, "Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to God's word; instead, put it into practice." (James 1:22). He knew the truth of the old adage which says that actions always speak louder than words, and so he invited us to practice what we say we believe.

Christ also offered us similar advice. After He explained a principle to all His disciples, He concluded His remarks by reminding everyone, "Now that you know this truth, how happy you will be if you put it into practice." (John 13:17).

We need to examine our lives very carefully to discover whether our faith is on file or put into practice. We need to know whether Christianity is a theory for some vague future, or a present reality in our daily experience.

When we socialize with others, work with them, or merely are their next deor neighbor, the quality of our lives should speak with eloquence about the faith we hold and cherish. We need to be people who not only know the truth, "but put it into practice."

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