Category: James

Be doers of the word
February 12th, 2012

James 1:17-26 Have you ever regretted something you said in the heat of an argument? I have gotten better over the years, but there are many moments I would like to have back, and many words I would like to revise. In today’s text James writes: let every person be quick to hear, slow to […]

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Do not be deceived
February 5th, 2012

James 1:13-18 The year before we moved to Rabat, we visited our youngest daughter who was living in Tanzania. We spent one of our three weeks on a safari which was an absolutely wonderful experience and which included a hot air balloon ride. I have ridden in a hot air balloon only once in my […]

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Are you rich or poor?
January 22nd, 2012

James 1:2-12 Are you rich or poor? In most communities in the world, there are wealthy congregations and poorer congregations. It is not normal to have a wide range of incomes in the same church. But we are an exceptional church in many ways and one of these is that in our diversity, there is […]

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Persevering with wisdom and focus
January 15th, 2012

James 1:2-8 When you read the book of James, it can seem that he had a lot of favorite teachings, wrote them out on slips of paper, threw them up in the air and when they fell, picked them up in any order and put them in a letter. After all, who starts a letter […]

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Consider it joy?
January 8th, 2012

James 1:1-4 Sometimes, in the first couple sentences of a book, you can tell if reading it would be a waste of time. If you are reading about taking walks in the forest and the first sentence is: “If you see a snake, pick it up by its tail and see if it is poisonous,” […]

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