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Wading Through the Muck

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers . . . There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12 At our house, we’ve had many discussions lately about how we talk about the struggles of those around…
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Opioid Diversion

Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:8-10 I can clearly remember the first time I used my medical license to divert…
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Invest in the Relationship

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:8 I’ve got a lot of flaws, but I’ve never been a workaholic. I like my job, but once I work my hours, I go home to my family. I spend my time with my wife and when my college kids are home,…
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Resistance is a Behavior

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 While mired in my own drug addiction, I knew what I should do. I knew that the addicted needed to go to treatment, attend meetings, be honest, and change their lives. Did I do those things though? No, of…
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You Do You

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6 This may be oversimplifying things, but in medicine, it’s generally up to the physician to write orders while the nurse follows those orders. Even writing that though, feels like I’m being patriarchal and domineering. In our independent culture, we just don’t naturally embrace…
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One Foot on the Dock and One On the Boat

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4 When I was maybe five or six years old, my dad took my brother and me on one of our day fishing trips. We…
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You’re Praying Wrong

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. James 4:2-3 Yesterday was a blustery day. As I drove home from church, contemplating today’s passage, my truck was pushed around by 25-30 mph gusts. Driving into or perpendicular to…
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I Am the Problem

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. James 4:1-2 When I was using my own license to divert opioid pain medications, it…
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When My Ego Shows Up in Church

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 3:14-16 Last night,…
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Why Do You Want to Be a Physician?

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 Part of the application and acceptance process for medical school was the personal interview. During the interview, I sat before medical school faculty, being asked several questions. There were many…
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