James 1:21 – April 19, 2019

Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. James 1:21 NABRE      James writing to the Jews who have accepted Jesus is encouraging them (and us) to change how they live. He writes that temptation comes from our own enticements and when it is avoided we will receive the crown of life. James tells them temptation and evil…

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James 1:19 – April 14, 2019

Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, James 1:19 NABRE      James opening the letter to his community speaks about the inner conflicts and temptations that can influence our response to trials. He speaks of persevering in temptation and that temptation does not come from God. James is not writing to say we should overcome sinful impulses by our own effort. Rather, he advises Christians to…

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James 5:16 – April 7, 2019

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. James 5:16 NABRE      In his letter, James is giving some final instructions in chapter fifteen; honor God’s name, pray at all times, and confess sins. James closes encouraging us to rescue sinners from their bad ways. The quoted verse exhorts the community and us to confess our sins…

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James 1:12 – March 18, 2019

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NABRE      James in this letter is writing to churches around the Mediterranean Sea to encourage them to amend their ways and persevere in trials. It is a circular letter, meaning it was carried and read from one community to the next. In the section…

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James 3:13 – February 17, 2019

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 NABRE      James is speaking about the wise person. In wisdom he is addressing the person who is suited to be a teacher in the Christian community. Wisdom from God is evidence not of intellectual prowess but is works done in humility. James thinks wisdom comes from above. James ask those…

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