Thirty Days in James 1, Day 9: Word Studies

Are you ready? Today we’re going to study some words, with the help of Blue Letter Bible. This post is going to look long because I’m explaining every step for those of you who are new to BLB. But the actual studying we will be doing is short. Be patient with yourself. If BLB is new to you, it will take a bit of time to make friends with it. Then I […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 8: Reasons

We’re going to face trials. James gently comes alongside his readers, addressing them as his beloved brothers (and by implication, as Jesus’ brothers) and tells them how they should respond when they fall into trials of all kinds. We’re about to start looking more carefully at many of the words James uses in this passage. To do that, we’ll be using a free online Bible study resource called Blue Letter Bible. If you have […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 7: Words that Aren’t There

We’ve looked briefly at the setting for James’ letter. We’ve marked direct references to God and underlined the commands in this first chapter. We’re ready to take a closer look at verse 2, where James wastes no time in addressing the issue of trials and our attitude in the midst of them. We’re going to pay special attention to just two words in verses 1 and 2 today — two […]

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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 5: Catch Up and Optional Assignment

It’s Sunday! That means it’s Catch-Up Day! This is your chance to finish up any lessons you may not have completed over the past week. I will also post an optional assignment each Sunday, for those of you who would like the additional work. These are optional. Don’t feel guilty about not doing them if you’re struggling to just keep up with the daily assignments. Optional assignment: The website Studylight.org offers […]

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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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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 2: Who

The book of James, like much of the New Testament, is a letter — a letter written by someone and sent to someone else. Our mission today is to learn what we can about that writer and those recipients, because we will better understand the letter when we know its setting and the people involved. Assignment: Pray before you start to study. Pray for concentration. Pray for a desire to hear […]

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30 Days in James 1, Day 1: Let’s Begin!

Are you ready to spend the next thirty days (or more, if you choose) in James 1? I’m excited! We have so much to look forward to as we study together! When Jesus became a man and lived a perfect life, dying on the cross to pay the penalty for sin that we could never pay, and rising from the dead to conquer sin and death, He accomplished far more […]

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New Study on James 1 Starts November 1!

I have a very vivid memory of stepping into the shower — my alone-space where maybe I could think two coherent thoughts in a row — in total despair over some end-of-my-rope issue with some under-age-five child. He (or possibly she, I don’t remember which child it was, but I can make a pretty good guess) was clearly resistant to any approach we had tried while addressing his (or her) […]

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