All Believers Have Power in Prayer (James 5:13-20)


James 5:13-20   Many people call the pastor to pray for every concern on their hearts, and we are to call on the elders when it’s serious.  However, I have heard a pastor say that he was in a church where the bowling team called him and asked why he hadn’t come to pray forContinue reading “All Believers Have Power in Prayer (James 5:13-20)”

Share Your Prayer’s & Concerns (James 5:13-20)


James 5:13-20 I have been in ministry for over twenty years, and I can honestly say no one,  even some of the toughest non-believing people I’ve known, have ever said no to prayer when I offer it.  However, I have seen many people go through situations, sickness, dangerous surgeries, and facing life threatening disease, andContinue reading “Share Your Prayer’s & Concerns (James 5:13-20)”

Living Freely in Honesty (James 5:12)


James 5:12 (NIV)   Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.   Honesty is the best policy, that’s what the old saying says.  James is also giving wisdom that is very old, asContinue reading “Living Freely in Honesty (James 5:12)”

Patient Trust in Life’s Stress (James 5:7-11)


James 5:7-11   I appreciate James’ words in this passage about being patient.  I think we all need the reminder to be patient from time to time.  James uses the example of farmers, and I snicker.  I once had a farmer tell me, “We farmers only work about six weeks a year.  three weeks ofContinue reading “Patient Trust in Life’s Stress (James 5:7-11)”

Share The Blessings (James 5:1-6)


James 5: 1-6 I sat in my study listening to a man who was clearly upset and disturbed.  He was upset with his boss, because of unreasonable schedules, lack of raises, and generally feeling unappreciated.  He was looking for a new job. I will never forget his words, “That’s the last time I will everContinue reading “Share The Blessings (James 5:1-6)”

Lay Your Plans Before God (James 4:13-17)


James 4:13-17 Do you lay your plans before the Lord? When ideas come into your heart do you pray about them or simply just jump in? There are times to jump in or take leaps of faith, but James reminds us to lay our plans before God. This wisdom comes down through time, right backContinue reading “Lay Your Plans Before God (James 4:13-17)”

Don’t Judge, but Submit to the The Judge (James 4:7-12)


James 4:7-12   James has been speaking of fighting among people, and now gets to the heart of things.  Disagreements not only come from our own personal desire, but often come from how we judge others.  All too often people look at a distance on the lives of others and judge them, predetermining that theyContinue reading “Don’t Judge, but Submit to the The Judge (James 4:7-12)”

Get Beyond Ourselves to Get Along (James 4:1-6)


James 4:1-6 Years ago I remember listening to my parents talk about a church meeting at their church. Several people shared their opinions on an issue, some with passion. They turned to my father, one of the oldest leaders on the church at the time. They asked his opinion, and he replied, “I think it’sContinue reading “Get Beyond Ourselves to Get Along (James 4:1-6)”

Living Wisdom in Our Lives (James 3:17-18)


James 3:17-18 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. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.   How do I know God’s direction? How do I know that the wisdom is from god? TheseContinue reading “Living Wisdom in Our Lives (James 3:17-18)”

Godly Wisdom in Love & Grace (James 3:13-18)


James 3:13-18 James again shows that the inner life of our heart and soul must shine through in our actions and words, as he turns to wisdom. He says, “Who is wise among you? Let them show it by their deeds done in humility,” (v.1). Wisdom is something many people hope for, and yet itContinue reading “Godly Wisdom in Love & Grace (James 3:13-18)”