My sister and I were great at sibling rivalry when we were kids. We fought over everything. We had the standard, "She's touching me!" or "She's on my side!" in the back seat of the car frequently. We fought over the passenger seat when we got older. We fought over toys and the bathroom and… Continue reading Sibling Rivalry
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you… Continue reading Displaying Wisdom from Heaven
Is your tongue a spark or a spur?
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com One of the things that James says about faith without works is that it is dead. Dead. I think I miss the strength of that image for a couple of reasons. One reason is that the passage is familiar, so I don't stop and think about the images he is… Continue reading Dead or Alive
Proof that we have faith, that we love Jesus, is that we are obedient to his teaching.
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.James 2:1 NIV Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:12-13 NIV Where have you… Continue reading Simple Reminders
What do you see in the mirror? What mirror are you looking in?
I've been thinking about the first chapter of James and all the things that KPaul has talked about in the last three weeks. (See the sermon series here.) Three points that have stood out to me: Perseverance is hard, but it gives you what you need later. (Week 1)Wisdom doesn't necessarily come instantly when we… Continue reading We choose to go to the moon…
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
This week in our Faith/Works series, we are looking at James 1:5-8. Here in this passage James tells us that if we need wisdom, we should ask God who will give it generously. It is God’s character to give generously to us. Jesus talks about this too: Ask and it will be given to you;… Continue reading Whose Side Are You On?