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Is God Jealous?

  James 4:5 He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us. In my daily efforts at turning from self and focusing on God, I often become focused or consumed with the defects of self. I suppose it is a primary defect that I always make everything about me. I…
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Why Are We Miserable?

James 4:4 Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Have you every looked at your surroundings and wondered how you got where you are? I am not speaking of geography. I am talking about looking down at the scale of life and gasping in horror. I am…
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When God Does Not Give Me What I Want…

James 4:2,3   You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. God does not answer my prayers… God won’t help me… He has abandoned me… In my addiction, I prayed and prayed that God would change me but I…
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You Mean I Am the Problem?

James 4:1,2 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. When I am in conflict with someone, it is never my fault. It…
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The Gift of Criticism

James 3:17 The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. When it comes to wisdom, I have two desires in conflict with each other. I truly want to have the wisdom that James describes but I also want to be known…
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Words of Fire and Poison

James 3:6,8   The tongue is a fire… setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell… no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. If you would have asked me two weeks ago if this was one of my defects, I think…
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You Are Not Alone In the Struggle

James 3:2   We all stumble in many ways. When my life defects erupted in spectacular fashion, I felt like I was the worst person in the world. I felt like I was alone at the bottom. I eventually sought out a refuge where I could meet with others who had similar struggles. I found comfort…
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Zombie Faith

James 2:14,17   What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? …Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. I grew up knowing that I am saved, not by what I do, but rather by my faith (Galatians 2:16).…
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The Beautiful People

James 2:1,13 My brothers, show no partiality… For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. In this passage James makes the powerful case that favoritism towards the rich, beautiful and successful at the expense the unfortunate (in our eyes) is equivalent to judging and in judging, we…
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What Does True Religion Look Like?

James 1:27   Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. I said previously that James was my favorite book. I am thinking of rescinding that statement. James is a mirror painfully reflecting the truth that…
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