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 ESV "“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Throughout the... 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 ESV "Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against... Continue Reading →

Drawing Near to God (James 4:7-10)

In his second letter, Peter writes, "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who... 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 NKJV "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." We know... 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 NKJV "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,... Continue Reading →

Partiality in the Pews (James 2:1-13)

James 2:1-4 NKJV "My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to... 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 NKJV "Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will... 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 NKJV "Examine... Continue Reading →

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