August 18th, 2022

Read: James 4:11-12 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is […]

August 17th, 2022

Read: James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into […]

August 16th, 2022

Read: James 4:5-6 Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’? But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud,     but gives grace to the humble.’ If you have a child […]

August 15th, 2022

Read: James 4:3-4 NRSV You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Full submission […]

August 14th, 2022

Read: James 4:1-2 NRSV Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. […]

August 13th, 2022

“One of them, a lawyer, spoke up: ‘Sir, which is the most important command in the laws of Moses?’ Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  The second most important is similar, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the other commandments […]

August 12th, 2022

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18 Looking back to the beginning of chapter 3, James started by warning us about the danger of the tongue and the importance of taming it before moving on to talk about wisdom.  He talks about the wisdom of the world in contrast to […]

August 11th, 2022

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9, NIV When I was in Bible college, there was a Christian Education professor called Ruth Rodriguez.  We called her Sister Ruth.  She had been a missionary for many years in Africa before returning to the States to teach in college. Sister […]

August 10th, 2022

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”  James 13:17 It probably comes as no surprise that it’s super easy for Moms and Dads to imagine our adult children as the little kids they used to be.  […]

August 9th, 2022

“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.” James 3:14-15, NIV. We can all think of examples of how the world encourages envy and selfish ambition, as well as […]