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)”

Do Not Grumble (James 5:9)

“Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” (James 5:9, AV) One of the most difficult things for me in the pastorate was to endure the grumbling of parishioners in the congregation. It did not happen a lot, at least to my knowledge, but it didContinue reading “Do Not Grumble (James 5:9)”

Wasted Resources (James 5:2-3)

“Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.” (James 5:2–3, AV) There is a television show called “Hoarders” thatContinue reading “Wasted Resources (James 5:2-3)”

The Passion Problem (James 5:1-6)

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.” (James 5:1, AV) In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote a novel titled, “A Christmas Carol.” I remember watching the film adaptation of the story on television every year at Christmas time when I was a boy. The main character,Continue reading “The Passion Problem (James 5:1-6)”

The Omission Problem (James 4:17)

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17, ESV) In 1983, the Lord saved me as I read a Gideon Bible in a Minneapolis hotel room. Shortly thereafter, I visited a church of another denomination. When I entered the church, in the narthex,Continue reading “The Omission Problem (James 4:17)”

The Problem of I (James 4:15-16)

“As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” (James 4:16, ESV) In my first church experience, I remember a preacher once said, “The letter ‘I’ is in the center of the word ‘sin.’” His point was that there is a problem with “I.” I incorrectly interpreted that statement to meanContinue reading “The Problem of I (James 4:15-16)”