Growing in the Lord

A few days ago, my Facebook memories from three and four years ago had quotes from Pastor Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the host of Breakthrough Television. Pastor Rod, or PRP as he is often tagged, is who God used to begin my journey with the Lord. This was one... Continue Reading →

The Trial And The Blessing

Much has been said and even speculated about the book of Job. Some Christians sweep the complexities under the rug with statements like, “Job is the question, and Jesus is the answer.” Others who are bothered by the sovereignty of God point to Job, saying, “the thing I feared the most has come upon me,”... Continue Reading →

Supporting Weary Saints And Saving Sinners (James 5:13-20)

As we come to the end of James’s letter, it is essential to review the entire chapter to rightly understand the last eight verses in the correct context. James chapter one deals with handling trials and temptations and the importance of doing what the Scripture says, not merely listening to it. Chapter two warns against... Continue Reading →

Patience and Perseverance (James 5:7-12)

As James begins to wrap up his letter, he circles back to the subject of endurance he started with; in chapter one, James spoke about the necessity of enduring trials and how we grow through them. In chapter five, he talks about enduring harsh treatment and persecution. In the Church today, there is much emphasis... Continue Reading →

Words of Warning for the Wealthy (James 5:1-6)

Matthew 6:19-21 "“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Throughout... Continue Reading →

Walking in Love and the Will of God (James 4:11-17)

Last week in our James study, we talked about the importance of humility as we approach God. As we finish chapter four this week, we will look at our relationship with other believers; and the importance of depending upon God. James 4:11-12 "Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. The one who speaks against... Continue Reading →

Drawing Near to God (James 4:7-10)

In his second letter, Peter writes, Now for this very reason, making every effort, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly love; and to brotherly love, love. 8 For if these qualities are in you and increasing, they keep you from... Continue Reading →

Friendship with the World (James 4:1-6)

Have you ever heard a preacher say, I don't drink, and I don't chew, and I don't hang out with those who do? That's a very bad attempt at humor, number one. Number two it makes light of, and even pokes fun at the call to holiness. As Christians, we are called to a different... Continue Reading →

Two kinds of Wisdom (James 3:13-18)

What do you do when you don't know what to do? Do you call a friend, do you pray, do you wing it? The answer may depend on the situation. Whatever you do, you want to make the right decision; you want to make a wise decision. How do you make a wise decision? That... Continue Reading →

Taming the Tongue (James 3:1-12)

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. We may have said this as kids, but we know it's not true; words do hurt. Ephesians 4:29 "Let no harmful word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for building others up according to the need, so that... Continue Reading →

Faith And Works (James 2:14-26)

Today we are looking at James 2:14-26 and the relationship between faith and works. Before we get to the text, I acknowledge that there is significant debate about this subject. Some say James contradicts the teachings of Paul, but Scripturally this cannot be so.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching,... Continue Reading →

Partiality in the Pews (James 2:1-13)

James 2:1-4 "My brothers and sisters, do not hold the faith of our glorious Lord Yeshua the Messiah while showing favoritism. 2 For if a man with a gold ring and fine clothes comes into your synagogue, and a poor person in filthy clothes also comes in; 3 and you pay special attention to the one wearing the fine clothing and... Continue Reading →

Perspective and Perseverance (James 1:9-18)

The book of James provides us a practical perspective on navigating the trials of life. In this week's study, we will look at maintaining a biblical perspective during trials and temptations.James 1:9-18 "But let the brother in humble circumstances boast in his high position— 10 and the rich person in his humble position, because like the flower... Continue Reading →

Trials, Trust, & Triumph (James 1:1-8)

In a day when professions of faith abound, and the common question is, how can I know I am saved? The book of James helps us answer that question by giving us several ways to examine our lives to test whether our faith is genuine or not. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:5 "Test yourselves,... Continue Reading →

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