Category: Encouragement

Child-Training Boot Camp 2 Begins on Sunday!

I love being outside, but I’m definitely not the athletic type. Gardening is my outdoor “sport” – a nice quiet form of exercise and relaxation that has helped provide food for us over the years while getting me outside to enjoy the sunshine. My very first garden was a whopper. I tried growing just about everything I could find in the Burpee’s seed catalog. I learned as I went, with […]

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Why Good Friday Isn’t Black

I’ve talked to more than one person over the past few days that accidentally referred to Good Friday as Black Friday. We chuckled, and at the same time wondered why Good Friday is good instead of black, and why Black Friday is black instead of good. On this Saturday, wedged between Good Friday and Resurrection Day, I want to share this wonderful post, “WHY WE CALL THE WORST FRIDAY ‘GOOD.’” In […]

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Thirty-Some Days in James 1, Day 37: What Next?

Would you like to keep studying James? We will start studying James 2 in January, with a slower schedule while I plan and prepare for our daughter’s wedding (in March) and keep deciding on light fixtures and tile and cabinet handles and paint colors as our house moves toward completion (also “scheduled” for a March completion date). I’ll be posting a lesson every other day instead of daily, and those […]

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Thirty-Some Days in James 1, Day 35: Copy

What a rich chapter James 1 is, with so much encouragement for us all as we face the trials and temptations of life. James helps us understand that God is doing something good even when bad things happen to us. He also helps us realize that our response to trials determines whether we will move forward or backward in our spiritual growth. Will we trust God and mature, or will […]

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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 33: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

This is our last catch-up day for our study of James 1! For an optional lesson, return to Nave’s Topical Bible to read the verses on “Wisdom in Speaking.” These verses will help us know what to put on when we lay aside our sinful speech habits. Click again on “Dictionaries” in the “Tools” menu. (App users, tap the verse text,. Then click “Dictionaries” in the options.) Then scroll down to “Nave’s Topical Bible” […]

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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-Some Days in James 1, Day 31: Blessed

When we hear (or read) God’s Word but don’t obey it, we’re deceiving ourselves. We may know a lot, we may study our Bibles regularly, but we’re lying to ourselves if we think we’re excused from obeying the words of the Bible. We’re not those described in the parable of the sower who “in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with […]

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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 29: The Implanted Word, Part 2

James tells us to receive the implanted word which is able to save our souls. In a similar way, Jesus, in His parable of the sower, spoke of the word as seed scattered in various types of soil. Some seed took root, grew, and bore fruit. Other seed did not flourish. Today we’re going to look at how that parable and our receiving of the implanted word relate to each […]

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