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Faith Liberates: The Freedom to Persevere

Faith Liberates: The Freedom to Persevere

25 “But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works—this person will be blessed in what he does.”— James 1:25 In verse 25, James gives us the picture of someone with true faith. This person does not treat Scripture with a cursory glance. Instead,... continue reading


Faith Remembers: The Man in the Mirror

Faith Remembers: The Man in the Mirror

22 “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his own face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of person he was. 25 But the one who... continue reading


Faith Grows: The Implanted Word

Faith Grows: The Implanted Word

20 “…for human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”—James 1:20-21 James finishes his thought about being slow to anger by telling us that human anger does not grow our faith or lead... continue reading


Faith Listens: The Righteousness of God

Faith Listens: The Righteousness of God

19 “My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger”—James 1:19 Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. In that loaded exhortation, James has given his readers some incredibly difficult instructions to obey. For most of us, the opposite is generally true. We are... continue reading


God as a Model of Steadfastness

God as a Model of Steadfastness

16 “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 By his own choice, he gave us birth by the word of truth so that we would be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” Knowing who gave you... continue reading


Overcoming Temptation During Trials

Overcoming Temptation During Trials

12 “Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God,” since God is not tempted by evil, and he himself doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 But each person... continue reading