A faith that works takes time. A faith that works is a process. Developing character that can go forward is not done overnight; it is a journey. Patience is so important that James gives us three illustrations of when patience is needed. When Circumstances are Uncontrollable – James 5:7-8 When People are Unchangeable – James […]
Last week, when speaking on words, James tells us that we are to be peace loving and produce the fruit of righteousness. This week we will look at how arguing can derail that. “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but […]
There is power in words. More than we realize at times. The tongue can do so much damage that James equates it to a fire. With words, we can burn down our marriage; we can burn down our job; we can we can burn down our children; we can burn down the church. Words can […]
Walking with the Lord is a step of faith. The question: do we have action that backs up our faith? James is showing us how to have “A Faith that Works.” Each week he seems to have a measuring stick to see how we are doing. If we have faith it will be tested. Do […]
Do I Show Favoritism – Am I Partial? There is no getting around it-we have favorites. There is a big difference between favoring and showing partiality or favoritism. Favoritism or partiality isn’t about likes or dislikes. It is about making a value judgement on how you relate to and treat another person based […]
Last week, we read, “consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” We discussed persevering and maturing. James is showing us how to persevere. It isn’t going to be found in this world. God’s way is counter cultural.