Category: Family Worship

Thirty-Something Days in James 1, Day 36: Summarize and Apply

We’ve reached the end of our study of James 1! There’s been much to learn, believe, and do along the way. Just getting a grasp on what James says about trials, temptation, and faith can transform the way we view and live life! Today we’re going to review what we’ve read and learned all month, and pray about what God wants us to do with that knowledge. This lesson may take […]

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Thirty-Some Days in James 1, Day 34: True Religion

This first chapter of James closes with a listing of three signs of genuine religion or worship of God, three ways to do and not just hear. James will more fully explain all three of those manifestations of our faith in the rest of his letter. Assignment: Pray for a deeper understanding of what God has done for you. Pray that your response to His love will result in an imitation of Him, […]

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Thirty-Some Days in James 1, Day 32: The True Test

If we’re hearers of the Word but not doers, we deceive ourselves. We might be good at gathering information. We might be able to recite passage after passage that we know. But if we’re not living what we know, if we’re not doing what we hear, if we’re not obeying what we read, we’re deceiving ourselves. As James will assert later in his letter, faith without works is dead. Our “faith” is not genuine if we […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 30: Do

So how did your study go yesterday? If you looked at the original Greek words for some of the verses, you may have noticed some similarities between Luke 8 and James 1. James is definitely recalling many of Jesus’ words as he writes — themes from the Sermon on the Mount, the parables, and other teaching Jesus did. The seed that fell on the rock in Jesus’ parable represents those […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 28: The Implanted Word

God chose to give us birth through the word of truth. That calls for a casting away of our old sinful thoughts and practices, as we saw in our study on Day 27. As we cast away, we also accept or receive something else. That something is the word that God has planted in our hearts. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for the new life He has given you, and asking […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 26: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

Here we are again! A well-earned and much needed catch-up day! Optional lesson: Study more about our faith being tested through trials. Open Blue Letter Bible and search on James 1:12. Then click on “Dictionaries” in the “Tools” memory. Scroll down to Nave’s Topical Bible, and then click on the link for “Temptation.” In the listing for “Temptation,” scroll down to “Temptation: A Test.” Hover over each verse reference to view the verse. Take […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 25: Quick and Slow

God chose to bring us forth as new creatures, born as a result of the word of truth penetrating our sinful hearts and granting us faith in Christ’s work on the cross. Now James urges us to listen to that Word in order to live the life God has called us to. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for the good and perfect gift of His Son, whose death and resurrection have brought […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 22: The Giver

James has made it clear — God does not tempt us with evil. He brings or allows trials, but the temptation to sin in those trials comes from our own sinful desires. God can’t be tempted by sin, and He does not attempt to move us to sin or to weaken our faith. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers,” James urges. God is the giver of good and perfect […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 21: Trial or Temptation?

If God allows trials into our lives to test us, is He tempting us to sin? Is He waiting to see if we’ll fall? That’s the question James addresses next. Assignment: Pray as you begin your study time. Ask God to help you better understand the trials and temptations in your life, and the role you have in them. Open Blue Letter Bible and search on James 1:12. Let’s look at different […]

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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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