James: Faith Meets Reality—Live Out Your Faith!

Today we wrap up our study of James. Thanks for joining me as we’ve learned how Faith Meets Reality. I’ve enjoyed sharing this journey with you, and am already looking forward to the next study that brings us… Read More

James 4:11-12—No Right to Judge

  Suppose… You enter a courtroom by way of the judge’s chamber door. You’re wearing the judge’s robe and wielding his gavel. You sit down in his chair behind the bench. You speak forcefully, calling the courtroom to… Read More

James 4:7-10—The Ten Commandments of James or How To Get Close to God

Most anyone who knows anything about the Bible has heard of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of the Old Testament Law, a summary of how to be close to a holy Almighty God. The… Read More

James 4:1-7—When Answers Don’t Come

  Tonya* wanted a better job. She’d prayed a long time for a position that would be higher-paying and physically less taxing than her current job. She brought the need to our prayer group. We began to pray… Read More

James—The New Testament’s Proverbs

This has been a trying week for our family—our own chance to “consider it all joy” (James 1:2)! We’ve admitted my mom, who suffers from dementia, to a nursing facility. It’s been a six-year journey—one some of you… Read More

James 1:13-27—Nothing But the Truth

Do you know someone who is a chronic liar, who lies when the truth would make more sense? They lose track of their stories, becoming increasingly confused about what’s true and what’s false. Eventually they believe their own… Read More

James: Faith Meets Reality

  “Life stinks!” So read a small sign dangling in the rear window of a passing car—a pricey sporty BMW. Most of us assume a person able to afford a car like that would have life pretty good…. Read More

#59: Trashing the Trivial

Maria is a very good Bible teacher. She invests a lot of time preparing sessions for her class of kids. One year for Easter Sunday, she’d worked hard and felt especially good about the lesson she’d planned. Sunday… Read More

#50: Glimpsing Glory

One winter morning, Jim and I were driving east across Pennsylvania on our way to a seminar. A severe ice storm the night before had left broken tree branches and downed wires along the way but the roads… Read More

#34: God’s Wonderful Contrary Plan

Merry Christmas! I pray you’re having a beautiful season of celebration! In our current Wednesdays-In-the-Word series Knowing Jesus, we’ve been studying our way through Mark’s gospel. Today, we’re going to take a little jump back to a half-verse… Read More