Archive for the ‘James’ Category

Speaking from the heart.

I wanted to encourage those that struggle creating new “good” habits. I love to drink hot water. Now before you laugh, I TRULY enjoy it. However, back pedal about 20 years, and you will not find a steaming cup of hot water in my hand. I was drinking coffee. Wait another 10 minutes, you will […]

It is all built up for this.

James 5 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save [l]a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. It is interesting that James ends with this bit of […]

Context is everything!

James 5 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. Earnestly: with sincere and […]

More than just prayer.

James 5 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. So there is catch. To be prayed for, we must be honest with each other. We have to be vulnerable. Confessing your sins is a very […]

Praying over the sick Pt: 2

James 5 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. So after you are anointed with oil, you will be prayed for by the elders. Then you might get better…… Then your sins might be forgiven….. […]

Praying over the sick Pt: 1

I want to break this down into two sections. James 5 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 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 […]

This is hard.

James 5 9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of […]

Be Patient

Context always matters. James 5 7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is […]

Rich Oppressors

James 5 5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you. This was in my commentary this morning: Often those who are poor and without power in this […]

Lord of Hosts

The key part of this rebuke, I have put in bold letters. James 5 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed […]