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 24: Naptime

I surrender. 🙂 No matter how hard I try, I can’t stay awake to finish up today’s lesson, after this lovely day of celebration. I’m waking up enough now to put away my books, turn off my computer, nudge the dog out of the way, and go to bed, where I belong. 🙂 We’re going to still call this Day 24 so our lesson numbers continue to line up with […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 23: The Gift

Today, on this special day of Thanksgiving for many of us, we’re going to look at the very best Gift our generous, giving Father — who gives every good gift and every perfect gift — has given us. We’re going to use several study tools to dig deeper into verse 18. Assignment: Pray, praising God for His infinite grace and generosity, and for the wisdom He so eagerly gives when we ask for it, believing He […]

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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 20: Negatives

How did your drawings go? You did try, right? If you didn’t, you really should. (Remember, we’re talking about enduring trials in James 1. This is a little trial for those of you who insist that you can’t draw. 🙂 ) Pictures help us remember. Taking the time to draw something to represent an idea helps us process the teaching more thoroughly. We left off in verse 12, with James […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 19: Catch Up and Optional Assignment

I’ll bet I need this catch up day as much as you do today! What a gift to have a day of rest each week! I’ve included an optional lesson for you amazing few who manage to keep up with the daily assignments! Optional assignment: Open Blue Letter Bible and search on James 1:1. Then click “Commentaries” in the “Tools” menu and open Matthew Henry’s Commentary on James 1. Read and take notes […]

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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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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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