Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration: 39 mins 32 secs
James concludes his letter with this section on the importance of prayer for the Christian community.
If our faith is working faith, it will make prayer a top priority.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Duration: 31 mins 23 secs
They say patience is a virtue. It is, but it is a really hard virtue to master.
Working faith will give us patience, especially in hard times. James describes the patience we need when we suffer by giving us three examples to emulate - the farmer, the prophets, and Job.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Duration: 32 mins 45 secs
James drastically changes his tone in chapter 5 as he lambasts the rich and wealthy for their crimes against God's people.
It's an encouraging passage as well as one that gives us pause. Ultimately, we need to remember to trust God's justice and live in light of his judgment.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration: 30 mins 31 secs
Planning is good, but presuming is bad. God wants us to take the right approach to planning our calendar and scheduling our life.
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Duration: 36 mins 28 secs
Working faith and worldly desires don't mix.
James calls out his audience for following their worldly desires and warns them of the consequences.
But more than just giving them a stern lecture, he earnestly calls them to repentance and invites them down a better path - the path of humility that leads to God's grace and favor.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Duration: 35 mins 39 secs
True wisdom is more than knowledge, it is putting that knowledge into practice.
James contrasts the difference between man's wisdom and God's wisdom. In 3:13-18, we learn of the dangers of man's wisdom and the importance of embracing God's.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Duration: 34 mins 15 secs
Contrary to the nursery rhyme, words can hurt and harm us a great deal.
James employs vivid images to illustrate the incredible power of our tongues, calling us to be ever mindful and faithful with our speech.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 36 secs
James arrives at the real crux of his letter in 2:14-26 as he outlines the difference between working faith and work-less faith.
One is genuine and meets God's approval, the other doesn't do anybody any good.
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
Duration: 31 mins 39 secs
No matter your age or background, you are highly likely to be on the receiving end of someone else's bias or unfair treatment.
The world is a cruel place that loves to play favorites. What's worse is, sometimes the body of Christ plays that game too.
James strongly denounces partiality in today's passage and convincingly demonstrates just how anti-Jesus favoritism is.
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Duration: 30 mins 41 secs
If we have genuine, working faith, it will make an impact in how we live. Specifically, we will align our lives with God's Word. Our speech and our actions will reflect God's will and not our own.