Contributed on Feb 28, 2015
Some things are inconsistent with faith in Jesus Christ. Playing favorites in church is sin, plain and simple.
My brothers, show no favoritism as you hold your faith in the glorious Lord Jesus Christ. If a man wearing gold rings and fine clothes enters your assembly and also a poor man wearing ragged clothing enters, if you look at the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2015
James tells us a lot about the tongue in chapter 3. What kind of dangerous instrument is this? Look and see.
The Bible says a lot about what we say, our words. One of the Ten Commandments is this: You shall not bear false witness. The very first word spoken in the Bible is by God when he gave the command, “Let there be light.” God’s words are powerful, and God created you and me ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2015
Suffering trials is a strange place to find anyone rejoicing, yet that is the surprising instruction of God for us in Christ.
At the heart of the gospel is the amazing truth of how God is willing to suffer to redeem us. Jesus experienced firsthand the greatest human trial imaginable. He endured being betrayed by on of the 12 apostles, deserted by all his closest friends and followers, falsely accused, being mocked and ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2015
Deception is all around us. How do we overcome? James has great counsel from God to help us.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren! These are the opening words of today’s text in James chapter 1:16. As I worked through this text over and over this week both to memorize it and to understand it, I realized that James speaks of being deceived three times here in the last part of ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2015
Paul and James agree. Faith works. How? Here's where we need both of these to help us understand.
Romans 3:21-28 Ephesians 2:1-10 James 2:14-26 What is going on here? Are Paul and James contradicting one another? Does James hold a gospel that teaches justification by faith with works while Paul’s gospel teaches justification by faith without works? Because James is so strong on ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2015
James explores the symptoms of worldliness, the spiritual condition of worldliness and the escape route from worldliness. What a helpful word from God for us!
Three weeks ago Kendall preached on the end of James 3 about two kinds of wisdom. The wisdom of the world brings jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder and every vile practice. The wisdom from God brings purity, mercy, righteousness and peace. And James especially stresses peace and peace ...read more
Contributed on Apr 18, 2015
James helps us humble ourselves before God and walk in the faith we hold. This is nowhere truer than in our words.
Who are you and What is your life? This study of James has been putting me in my place over and over. He does not hesitate to lay it all out there and speak sternly, clearly and honestly to his readers. Today we look at the last seven verses of James 4, that’s verses 11-17. Before we ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2015
The Bible tells us a lot about being rich. Jesus, James and Paul all taught on this subject.
Luke 16:9-13 James 5:1-6, 1:9-11; 2:5-7; 1 Timothy 6:9-12, 17-19. Read all texts first. Jesus, James and Paul address one of the easiest traps to fall into here. It is so easy to be enamored by wealth and intimidated by the wealthy. Dreaming about and desiring to be rich are as common as ...read more