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Direction: Small Rudder, Big Ship

Direction: Small Rudder, Big Ship

“Now if we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we direct their whole bodies. 4 And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So too, though the tongue is a small part... continue reading


Influence: Held to a Higher Standard

Influence: Held to a Higher Standard

“Not many should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we will receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is mature, able also to control the whole body.” – James 3:1-2 I love the directness of James. Chapter 2 is about how our... continue reading


Faith that Lives

Faith that Lives

Let's take one more look at James 2:20-26. 20 “Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? 21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works in offering Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was made complete, 23 and the Scripture... continue reading


Faith and Works

Faith and Works

Yesterday, we began looking at the issue of faith and works. James tells us that faith apart from works isn't really faith at all. Today, James uses Abraham to help us understand his point. Let's read James 2, verses 20-26. 20 “Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? 21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by... continue reading


Faith and Empty Words

Faith and Empty Words

On Tuesday, James reminded us who we are in Christ and why it is important to live that out as a part of our faith. Today, James clarifies what faith is and what it is not. The verses we'll cover over the next three days can be confusing. But it's important that we understand what James is saying here. Let's... continue reading


Faith and Judging Others

Faith and Judging Others

Yesterday, we looked at the issue of partiality, of favoring one group of people over another. Not only were these early Christians out of step with reality, but they were also out of step with God's way. Today, we'll look at God's way and why James is making such a big deal out of treating people equally. Here is James 2,... continue reading