Category Archives: James

A Catalyst for Patience

Longanimity. I’ve never come across the word before, until this morning. Used in one of my online lexicons to give the sense of a word found in one of my readings this morning. A 15th century English word which once … Continue reading

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Holders of the Faith

It’s sin. To show partiality is sin. To regard one person as more esteemed simply because of their high socio-economic status, and ignore another because their not so high socio-economic status is partiality–and that’s sin. To pamper the rich and … Continue reading

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The Implanted Word

While it’s been freely given to us, we still need to receive it. Though we’ve got it, we still need to do something with it. While it’s true that it came with our being born again, it’s also true that, … Continue reading

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Be Patient

The “brothers” thrice addressed in James 5:7-12 are the righteous poor of James 5:1-6 — that’s what the “therefore” is there for in verse 7. They are James’ fellow believers who have been defrauded by the rich who have withheld … Continue reading

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More Grace

His letter is written to “the twelve tribes in the Dispersion.” So James’ epistle was penned for believers but with a particular Hebrew flavor. Maybe not surprising given that it’s thought this could be the first NT book written, and … Continue reading

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Justified By Works

Context is everything. And that there are two sides to the salvation coin needs to be grappled with. Such is the paradox created by one three-word phrase in what Luther referred to as “a right strawy epistle.” By “strawy” Luther … Continue reading

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Remaining Steadfast and Loving Him

Chewing on steadfastness this morning thanks to James. To remain, to persevere, to endure–something to be desired, if even at great cost. That’s why James says we should “count it all joy” when we encounter “trials of various kinds.” . … Continue reading

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The Right Umbrella (a re-run)

I’m up in B.C. for a couple of days. Getting in my grandkids fix and enjoying an early Thanksgiving, Canadian style (you know, eating beaver and such). Morning devo time is kind of limited but as I read this morning … Continue reading

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Wisdom Without Works

I wonder if, in our modern culture, our default isn’t to gauge the measure of wisdom a person has by what they know. That we want to hear what someone has to say in order to discern how wise they … Continue reading

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My Mirror

I stand in front of it every morning. It’s an important tool to make sure the part in my hair is straight (mostly), that I don’t shred my face shaving (usually), and that the hair growing out of my ears … Continue reading

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