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Want to Save a Life?

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 When I worked in the Emergency Room, I was routinely involved in the…
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Is God Punishing Me?

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:15-16 It’s not uncommon for us to blame…
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Did Prayer for My Knee Change Anything?

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. James 5:15 Prior to my surgery last week, I asked for prayer, and I believe that many of you went to God, asking for the operation…
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Addiction’s Empty Promises

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. James 5:12 Over my 15 years of drug use, I did have a couple of attempts at…
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Why Am I Not Back at the Gym Yet?

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  James 5:7 Patience is not one of my gifts. It’s postoperative (knee replacement) day number four and I’m still swollen…
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The Overweight Marathon

You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. James 5:5 I’ve got this hard-to-believe old photo of me running a marathon that I’ve used for the blog previously. I’ll try to include the picture in the email version of today’s blog because…
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The Vanilla Christian

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17 Whenever we visit our kids in college, we go out for supper and then end up getting ice cream afterwards. We usually go to one of those shops where you can pick from twenty different…
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That Was a Little Humbling

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 (NIV) So, how’d it go? Honestly, it’s been an amazingly smooth experience so far. I was in the hospital at 6AM and the fantastic hospital staff had me home by mid-afternoon. After surgery, I got a long-lasting anesthetic knee block, which means…
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Asking for Prayer isn’t Easy

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:13-14 I’ve been thinking about this for a while,…
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Lydia the Goose

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” . . .  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your…
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