Rescue Mission (James 5:19-20)

Recently my wife and I have been watching a show about the work of the United States Coast Guard in Alaska. In several of the episodes, a commercial fishing vessel is in trouble and sinking. The captain of the vessel sends out a mayday call and the Coast Guard dispatches a helicopter to the location.Continue reading “Rescue Mission (James 5:19-20)”

A Man Just Like Us (James 5:17-18)

“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” (James 5:17–18, ESV) I knew a person once whoContinue reading “A Man Just Like Us (James 5:17-18)”

The Forgotten Discipline (James 5:16)

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16, ESV) In the 1700s, a great revival broke out in America. The record of this revival indicates that at its foundation were theContinue reading “The Forgotten Discipline (James 5:16)”

More Power (James 5:16)

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16, ESV) Years ago, I restored a British sportscar, an MGB. However, after driving it for a while, I decided to replace the slippingContinue reading “More Power (James 5:16)”

Prescription for Illness (James 5:14-15)

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall beContinue reading “Prescription for Illness (James 5:14-15)”

Mountaintops and Valleys (James 5:13)

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” (James 5:13, AV) We all go through ups and downs in life. Sometimes we are on the mountaintop and other times we are in the valley. When I was in the Army Ranger School in Dahlonega Georgia learning mountaineering techniques,Continue reading “Mountaintops and Valleys (James 5:13)”

Struggle of Suffering (James 5:11)

“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (James 5:11, AV) All of us are going to endure trials in life. In many cases, if not most, we will struggleContinue reading “Struggle of Suffering (James 5:11)”

Persevering in Suffering (James 5:10)

“Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.” (James 5:10, AV) I remember in my first church receiving one of those less than gracious email diatribes. It was down right hurtful. I had poured my heart out into this coupleContinue reading “Persevering in Suffering (James 5:10)”