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Let’s look at the last two basic elements of pure faith: The 3rdbasic element of pure faith (religion) is to shut your mouth! If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his ownheart, this man’s religion is worthless. (James 1:26)

NOTE how powerful the tongue is. Your tongue can cause deception in your own heart and make your pure faith worthless. Once you’ve spoken, the bell has been rung! This is why the injunction is to be ‘slow to speak’. When in doubt, shut your mouth! 

The 4thbasic element of pure faith (religion) is to open your heart. You open your heart to a specific grouping of people-to pay a visit to the orphans and widows in their distress.Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of ourGod and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, andto keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27) 

NOTE how simple the demonstration of pure faith really is in the sight of God. Orphans and widows are at the heart of God. By paying attention to these who have lost their loved ones you may find the secret to keeping yourself unstained by the world and its values. God’s heart is always with the needy and the broken and not in the large rallies and events or huge book promotions.  

I view it as a CSI fellowship. God’s heart is in thecovert (underground and quiet), the subversive (revolutionary, against the tide of the normal) and the indelible (permanent marks on the lives of men and women-marked with a mark from God’s own heart). I think God honors a CSI kind of fellowship…covert, subversive, and indelible. Try it out and see!

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