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Joy? Are You Kidding?

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

James 1:2 (New Living Translation) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. This is one of the more annoying verses in the Bible. How did God put it in here? I suppose I am to put the emphasis on the word opportunity. That […]

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Bring Back the Wanderer

September 18th, 2016 · No Comments

James 5:19-20 (New Living Translation) 19 My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, 20 you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. One way that I […]

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The Devil will Flee

November 28th, 2015 · No Comments

James 4:7 (New Living Translation) So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The devil is a large, powerful enemy. This verse, however, tells me that the devil will flee from me. Hmmm, I must be pretty powerful, too. What do I have to do so the devil flees? […]

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The One Control

November 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

James 3:2 (New Living Translation) Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. Notice the power and promise of this verse. If I can control my tongue, I can control myself in every other way. Contemplate on […]

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(My) Evil Motives

November 21st, 2015 · No Comments

James 2:3-4 (New Living Translation) 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? This is the passage from […]

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Lord Willing

March 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

James 4:13-16 (New Living Translation) 13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a […]

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Poetry Lost – Poets Lost?

August 18th, 2013 · No Comments

James 3:9-10 (American Standard Version) 9 Therewith bless we the Lord and Father; and therewith curse we men, who are made after the likeness of God: 10 out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. So are the words from the American Standard Version […]

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That Guy

July 13th, 2013 · No Comments

James 2:9 (New Living Translation) But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. Sunday morning that guy sat on the pew next to me. You know who that guy is: he dresses funny his hair is fixed funny his cologne/shampoo/deodorant/toothpaste smells funny he […]

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The Favoritism Example and the Audience

April 1st, 2012 · No Comments

James 2:1-4 (New Living Translation) My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? 2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in […]

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Wash Your Hands

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

James 4:8 (New International Version 2011) Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Notice the three things the writer encourages the reader to do: come near to God wash your hands purify your hearts How did wash your hands make […]

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