Faith without works

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. [1]

How do you know, that you have faith? It must show somewhere. And the way it shows, is simple. Mat. 15:18-19 says

18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.[2]

All these things are works that come from your heart. If your heart in such a way, that you have these things, then you don`t know the Father. 1. John 2:4, 9 says:

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,[3] Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.[4]

God does not know lies, and he is light, as 1. John 4:8 says, so, if you have evil thoughts, like hate, or anything else from the list, or similar things. You do not know God. You say, that you believe in God? The scripture says – that is good, also demons believe that, and shake from him in fear. So, it is not a real sign. The real sign are your works. John 14:15 says, if you love me, you will keep my commandments. God`s commandments, put in one sentence is – Love God from all your heart, mind, strength and soul, and love your neighbor. That is what God asks of you. As we have seen, they are related together.

How do you show your love? Again, with works. Works speak louder than words. Be practical about it. That will show everyone, whom you belong to, and it will be a witness to God`s nature of changing people`s lives.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jas 2:14–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 15:18–19). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Jn 2:4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Jn 2:9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Can You help me?

Hello,

My name is Klāvs Māris Miezis, and I come from Ventspils, Latvia. Next year I am planning to study in Danish Pentecostal Bible College (DPBC), where I am going for BA in Biblical Studies, working together with Harvest Bible College in Australia. Having already spent a year in DPBC, I can tell, that this is a great place, with good teachers, Biblical teaching and good opportunities to practise what is being teached. To continue these studies, I need 5095 EUR (37991 DKK). And You can help me, by sending from just a little bit, to a lot to my bank account, which You can find below. Would it be a monthly payment or just once – that is up to You! For example, you can also pay off only one course from my BA studies – 320 AUD, or 220 EUR (1644 DKK). All together, we can make it happen!

 

You can send money on this bank account:

LV36HABA0551031171774

KLĀVS MĀRIS MIEZIS

Personal code: 041193-11630

 

Or on PayPal – E-mail:

kmmiezis@gmail.com

 

Thank You for Your investment in my personal growth and also in the Kingdom of God! May God bless You!

 

More info about the schools in their homepages:

DPBC – http://mariager-hojskole.dk/en/

Harvest – http://www.harvest.edu.au/

Vai Tu vari palīdzēt?

Labdien,

Mani sauc Klāvs Māris Miezis un es nāku no Ventspils, Latvijas. Nākošgad es plānoju mācīties Dānijas Vasarsvētku Bībeles Koledžā (Danish Pentecostal Bible College – DPBC), kur es tiecos pēc Bakalaura grāda teoloģijā, Bībeliskajās studijās, sadarbojoties ar Harvest Bible College Austrālijā. Esot jau pavadījis gadu DPBC, varu pastāstīt, ka šī ir lieliska vieta, ar labiem skolotājiem, Bībelē balstītu mācību, labām iespējām pielietot praksē to, kas iemācīts. Lai turpinātu mācības, man nepieciešami 5316 EUR. Un tieši Jūs varat man palīdzēt, sūtot kaut nedaudz uz zemāk atrodamo bankas kontu – katru mēnesi vai tikai vienu reizi – tas ir Jūsu pašu ziņā! Piemēram, Jūs varat apmaksāt vienu kursu manās Bakalaura mācībās – 320 AUD jeb 220 EUR. Visi kopā mēs to varam sasniegt!

Naudu Jūs varat sūtīt uz šo bankas kontu: LV36HABA0551031171774

KLĀVS MĀRIS MIEZIS

Personas kods: 041193-11630

 

Vai PayPal – E-pasts:

kmmiezis@gmail.com

 

Paldies par ieguldījumu manā personiskajā izaugsmē un arī Dieva Valstībā jau iepriekš, un lai Dievs Jūs svētī!

 

Sīkāka informācija par skolām mājaslapās:

DPBC – http://mariager-hojskole.dk/en/

Harvest – http://www.harvest.edu.au/

Keeping ya updated.

It`s already march, and it`s been a while, since I`ve written something here, so I decided – it`s time. What has happened in this time? A lot of interesting stuff, I can say! 

It`s 1.5 months gone and there is plenty, that has been going on! As half of the school was on mission trips, the atmosphere in the school was even cozier that usually, as we were only around 60 instead of 80 students, and also some of the teachers were away. We had lovely three weeks of teaching, especially in the Leadership class, as half of the class was on the mission trips. As these weeks passed, we had a weekend, when we talked about Rome, because we are going there very soon, and that was one of the best weekends so far in school. We had loads of fun, listening to the history of Rome, then preparing and presenting presentations about different things in city. Me, together with some other guys, presented about Derby della Capitale – the derby between AS Roma and Lazio, and both clubs. And as a pure coincidence, later that day this game was between them. Unfortunately, it was a boring, very defencive game, that unsurprisingly finished 0:0. After this weekend, all school went and bowled, which was my first time doing that, and it went quite good 🙂

When we finished bowling, we had 6 and a half free days, which I spent with my schoolmate Tobias in a beautiful little city, called Vejle. We had a good time geocaching, watching movies, playing FIFA14, spending time with Tobias`s friends and enjoying beautiful parts of the city. That was a very nice time together, but after this week, I was eager to return back to school, because in front of us was the second part of teaching about Expository Preaching, and each of us had a chance to preach about a piece of Scripture for 15 minutes, to the classroom. That was a wonderful experience, and showed me personally, that preaching is no rocket science and is fairly easy.

After some weeks, we had to go to Odense again, where we have ministry practicum, and it was a very nice time, as usually, but the way back to school was very long. The car we (actually, me) were driving broke down, and some of the passengers were hitchhiking back to school (some of them really enjoyed a track, that they had a chance to drive in), as I waited for them to come for me, and pick me and the car up. Happily, everyone was well, and we got back safely.

After a week, we had teaching about Postmodern Apologetics, where we went quite deep into philosophy, and my brain certainly enjoyed this little excercise in thinking. I thoroughly enjoyed that week. That actually happened this week. This weekend we had leadership conference in Mariager, where also the Leadership Stream had a chance to take part. The main speaker was Neil Cole, and he was speaking about Organic Church. His message was very challenging, very different from what I`m used to, and it was a very biblical view on this topic. It was also a good opportunity to get to know some of the leaders of pentecostal movement in Denmark. At the end of the conference some people were congratulated, as they graduated their bachelor and master studies, and now I`m in Odense again, in my ministry practicum.

Also, during this time, we have been preparing for CD recording in SWM (School of Worship and Music), and choosing and arranging songs. Look forward to that, I tell you! It will be good!

That is pretty much it, what has happened since my previous post here. I hope you, my readers, have had a great and blessed month and pray, that until next time, it`s even better. In the end of april we will have a big conference in Copenhagen with Randy Clark (one of the main persons behind Toronto Blessing) and SWM has an opportunity to lead worship there. That is also something to look forward to!

So, until next time, then!

Bye 2013 and hi 2014

Yes, I know, it`s 3 weeks already in 2014, but it`s only now that I`ve got myself together and written something! Hope it will be good! 🙂

Let`s start with goodbyes. What happened in 2013, that is worth remembering?

Firstly, I finished Baltic School of Ministry, that took most of the time until june. It was a great time, as I already said in some of the previous posts. During this time I was introduced to the school in Denmark, where I am now. After finishing the school, I had a great summer, spending a lot of time in my church, ministering in 3 summer camps, 2 children camps and one – not so much, 2 camps with YWAM (Youth With A Mission), one other kind of camp. I didn`t manage to find a work in the summer, so I had time for other things.

What else happened in 2013? In august I went to Denmark. How? Have a look here. Since then I`ve been in Denmark, except for a week in November, when I had a chance to go home to Latvia and to Estonia. To know. how that happened, look here, for video – here. Otherwise, as I said, I was in the school for most of the time. In the middle, I had a chance to go and minister every second weekend to Odense Baptistkirke and once to go and give a testimony in Stenum, all in Denmark. I spent lovely Christmas with my schoolmate Aron and his family and had a nice New Year`s Eve.

What am I expecting from 2014 and what am I looking forward to?

I will continue studies in Mariager Hojskole, finish that in june, and continue and go for Bachelor in Theology next year. Unfortunately I didn`t get the money for the mission`s trip, which is underway already, as some of the students are already in India and Zambia, but that makes me look even more forward to our cultural trip to Rome, that will happen in april. In february we will have vacations, and I will spend them with another schoolmate of mine, Tobias, so it has to be a fun week. In march we will record a cd in SWM (School of Worship and Music), in a professional studio (hopefully), and there will probably be also mine and Tobias`s song, called Zion. In the summer I`ll probably stay in Denmark to work and earn some money for the stay next year. It`s all in God`s arms, but prayers would still be really appreciated. And then another year in this great little town called Mariager.

I also started to play rugby last year, so it will be fun and I`m looking forward to the new season with Randers Raiders, the rugby club.

I am a big fan of sports, so there are some things to be awaited for in the new year. The biggest is FIFA World Cup in Brasil, in summer, and Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. I also look forward for the new F1 season, that should be full of surprises, World Championships in Ice-Hockey, Gagarin`s Cup in Ice-Hockey, latvian domestic seasons in football and basketball. I hope to see latvian tennis player Ernests Gulbis to enter the Top 10 in ATP rankings and other things 🙂

What has happened already this year?

Last weekend we had a worship conference in the school, called Worship Extended, and we, as SWM also were taking part in it, presenting two of our songs, my and Tobias`s Zion, and Retfaerdigjord (Righteous from danish) by other two students, and also presenting two of Arvid Asmussen`s songs together with author himself. The conference featured also other well known worship leaders in Denmark and also Norway, so it was a great event and I got quite a bit of inspiration from that.

Ok, I think, that`s it for now, until next time then! 🙂

A bit of review on december

Well, after the missions trip, almost a month has passed by. This has been an interesting month. As we returned to studies in the school, the subjects have been very different – from easy subjects like Different Personalities to deep theological issues like End Times and Arminianism vs. Calvinism vs. Molinism. Weeks have just run by, and now we are all ready for Christmas celebration. This year will be different for me, because I`m not going home to Latvia for Christmas. That means, that I will enjoy (hopefully 😀 ) danish Christmas traditions together with some friends, that I`ve got here in the school. It will of course be the first Christmas and New Year`s eve outside of Latvia, far from my family. But I think, it will be special! The school has been turned almost upside down, to get us all ready for the birthday of Jesus feast, and I think, the whole school is awaiting this to be a very special time on thursday, when we will have the party. 

I still don`t know about the missions trip to Zambia, as I still don`t have the money for it. (If you think, that I should be there and want to support me, then have a look up in this page and click on Support Me, to see, how it`s possible 🙂 ). 

It`s hard to believe, that 4 months have runned past so quickly, but, I guess, that`s what the time does – it flies away and doesn`t come back (as in a latvian song about youth). I signed up to stay also for the next study year, with a goal to go for a bachelor degree in theology, as Mariager Hojskole is working together with Harvest Bible College in Melnburn, Australia. So I`m expecting to have one more year in this welcoming atmosphere, to have a one more year in God`s presence, though you can`t really run away from it – Ps. 139 – but here it is being specially felt.

I guess, that`s it for this day, so Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus un Laimīgu Jauno Gadu for you all (check Google Translate from latvian to your language, to understand that, if you want! :D)

Thank you for reading my blog again and God bless you and see you next time! 🙂