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God Is Jealous (James 4:1-5:6)

Tweet James 4:1-5:6 (also read Matthew 5:5, 6:19-21, and 7:1-5) reveals at least four ways that we can provoke God’s jealousy and/or that unbelievers can provoke God’s wrath.  First, we can ask for our other gods to be fed in our prayers.  Second, we can...

Are You a Pyro? (James 3)

Tweet James 3 (along with Matthew 5:9 and 12:33-37) show us the greatness of the tongue. It is a spark that can set a forest on fire. Some people enjoy setting fires (pyromaniacs). Some people are not consistent — bearing olives and figs at the same time,...

Shabby Clothing Day (James 2)

Tweet James 2 (also read Matthew 5:7 and 5:17-20) is fairly difficult to apply in a Presbyterian church. After all, most Presbyterians assume that the seats in the back pew are the seats of honor. In any case, this message encourages sharing the gospel with the poor...

Tricking the Heart (James 1)

Tweet James 1 (like selections from Matthew 7) tells us that believers should ask God for wisdom, believers should hear and do the word of God, and that not all who claim faith have it. James, in particular, tells us that we can deceive ourselves concerning...