The Power of Words (James 3:1-12)

James 3:1-12 There is tremendous power in our words. We can with our word’s encourage others on to greater things, or in one quick thoughtless word we can destroy someone’s hopes and dreams. James warns about teaching and shows that we must become better judges of ourselves in this passage. Then he spends several versesContinue reading “The Power of Words (James 3:1-12)”

Humbleness Over Perfection (James 3:2)

Jame 3:2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. James 3:2 NIV Christian Perfection is a term used to describe the idea of maturing in our walk or journey of faith. It’s a term thatContinue reading “Humbleness Over Perfection (James 3:2)”

Serving Knowledge Responsibly (James 3:1-2)

James 3:1-2 (NIV) 1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole bodyContinue reading “Serving Knowledge Responsibly (James 3:1-2)”

A Transformed Life of Faith & Service (James 2:14-26)

James 2:14-26 Many Bible scholars have tried to turn James and Paul against one another, because Paul says in Romans 5:1-2 that we are “justified by faith”. Most try to push on the fact through much of Paul’s writing he was promoting the need of faith for salvation. James comes along and writes aContinue reading “A Transformed Life of Faith & Service (James 2:14-26)”

Judging Ourselves in The Law of Freedom (James 2:12-13)

James 2:12-13 Judging ourselves is a very important part of growing in faith, because it can help us avoid many pitfalls. In the verses just prior to this James warned us not to discriminate or judge others and to live in the “Royal Law of love.” James then warns us to judge ourselves. We don’tContinue reading “Judging Ourselves in The Law of Freedom (James 2:12-13)”

Live the Royal Law of Love (James 2:8-10)

James 2:8-10 Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was (Matthew 22:34-39), by the Pharisee’s who hoped to trap him. He responded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘LoveContinue reading “Live the Royal Law of Love (James 2:8-10)”

Friendship is Good, Favoritism is Forbidden James 2:1-12

James 2:1-12 I think all of us struggle in areas of friendship. Ministers, like myself are no exceptions. In fact friendship in church leadership is often a difficult thing. As a minister I was trained and taught that I needed to try to make friendships outside the church, and not within the church I ministerContinue reading “Friendship is Good, Favoritism is Forbidden James 2:1-12”

Live The Word of Action James 1:19-25

James 1:19-25 Whenever I read this passage I am reminded of Isaiah’s call in Isaiah chapter 6. Isaiah 6 was a passage God put in my heart, as he called me into ministry service. After God asked Isaiah who he could send and Isaiah volunteered God spoke to him about the call he would have.Continue reading “Live The Word of Action James 1:19-25”

Blessed in Humbleness James 1:9-11

James 1:9-11 (NIV) 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom fallsContinue reading “Blessed in Humbleness James 1:9-11”

Wisdom’s Joy in Trials James 1:2-8

                      James 1:2-8   Does it make you happy or feel joyous when hard times or temptation comes into our life? Yet, James tells us it is a joy, a delight, to go through trials or temptations. The Joy of Trials and Hard Times isContinue reading “Wisdom’s Joy in Trials James 1:2-8”