Revision of Day 32!

If you have not completed Day 32 yet, please note this revision!  When you start looking at “Speaking” in Nave’s Topical Bible, only look at the verses from Proverbs in the section labeled “Speaking: Evil,” not the entire section on Speaking! I mentioned that detail in the instructions for app users, but missed it in the general directions. I have edited the lesson, but the email you received will still have that […]

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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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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 27: Our Response

By God’s choice, we’ve been brought forth by the word of truth to new life, set apart as His special people. That Word is what continues to guide and change us as we listen to it and obey. James tells us how to respond to that word that transforms and saves us. Assignment: Pray, asking God to give you a growing hunger for His Word and a growing, deepening, and […]

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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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