Category: Bible

Thirty Days in James 1, Day 16: The Rich and the Poor

(Note: I have revised this lesson. If you are receiving your lessons via email, the one you received on November 16 should be discarded and replaced by this one. It is longer and more detailed, but should also make more sense. If you find this lesson confusing, it’s my fault, not yours. Do the best you can and don’t worry.) James doesn’t waste any time getting to the subject of […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 18: Illustrations

Every trial we face in life is not only an opportunity to move forward; it’s also an opportunity to go backwards. We can either persevere and move forward toward maturity when we fall into trials, or we can move away from God, away from growth, and away from blessing, as we give in to despair or bitterness. Verse 12, with its promised crown of life for those who love God, […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 6: The Main Message

James is direct and to-the-point. “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” “To the twelves tribes in the Dispersions.” “Greetings.” He doesn’t waste any words, does he?  The opening formalities are out of the way, so he dives right in. “Count it all joy, my brothers…” We’ve already noted that James’ letter is packed with imperatives or commands. Faith without works is dead, he will say […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 4: Imperatives

What did you see about God in your reading yesterday? It helps, doesn’t it, to mark, take notes on what we’ve marked, and then look at those notes and summarize what you’ve found. Simple steps like these can help us slow down and really look at and think about what is in the text. God is a gracious and generous Father, eager to give. While James draws our attention to […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 3: God

It’s easy to get so focused on what the Bible says about us that we forget to pay attention to what the Bible says about God. The Bible is His story. It is about Him. God reveals Himself to us through His Word, and everything He has chosen to say to us points to Jesus, His beloved Son. When we learn who God is, we will be changed. We will learn to trust Him because we […]

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New Instagram Study on Diligence!

We’re starting a new “mini-study” (Instastudy?) on Instagram tomorrow! These mini-studies take less time to complete each day, and only last 2-3 weeks. Join me as we do a topical study about diligence and laziness! This is an issue we all seem to wrestle with — either in ourselves or with our children. We’ll look at what the Bible says about the topic and what we should do about laziness. […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 34: Real Life

For the last day of our study of John 15, we’re going to spend some time meditating on the passage and praying over it. We want to make sure we are “doers of the Word and not hearers [or students] only.” No matter how many hours we manage to spend in God’s Word each week, if we study with no intention of doing what the Word says, we’ve missed the […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 30: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

This is our last official catch-up day for this study, but that doesn’t mean most of us won’t keep working to finish the study on our own timetable. All the lessons for the study will be posted for at least another month, and can be easily accessed by clicking “John 15 Study” in the upper menu bar on your computer screen, or clicking the lines in upper left-hand corner of […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 20: Draw and Personalize

We’re spent a lot of time on the first few verses of John 15. We’ve done this, not because the last part of the chapter isn’t important, but because the first verses lay the foundation for all that follows. If we don’t understand our complete inability to do anything apart from the Vine, if we think we need to go out into the world and bear fruit — on our own, we’re going to […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 10: Fruitful Branches

Whichever way we choose to interpret the first half of John 15:2, we can see why the vinedresser does what he does. It’s not unreasonable for him to remove branches that don’t bear fruit, and It’s commendable for him to give extra care and attention to branches that have grown down onto the ground where they will not mature properly. Whether he is cutting away fruitless shoots or tending to […]

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