Monthly Archives: April 2015

Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: The Prayer of a Righteous Person

Our last lesson of the Bible study year! We finish with a look at what James has to teach us about prayer in James 5:13-20 as well as with a quick review of Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life in Philippians and James. I also offer a few words about not wasting your summer by suggesting some good books to read and some studies to do. Bible study and our podcast will resume in September.

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: Be Patient

In James 5:7-12, James returns to the theme with which he began his letter: be patient in suffering. Here he includes the comfort--and the warning--of the Lord's return as he calls his readers to remember the examples of Job and the prophets and remain steadfast.

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: What is Your Life?

At first it may seem as if James has little to say to us here in James 4:11-5:6 where he addresses merchants and wicked landowners. Yet there is much for us to consider and apply as we think about how we approach the future as well as the temptation to self-indulgence and luxury.

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: Friendship with the World

Our lesson from James 4:1-10 (a long one!) examined the causes of quarrels and fights among the people of God, why our prayers may go unanswered, and the seriousness of flirting with friendship with the world. We rejoiced in the glorious truth of verse 6, "But he gives more grace"--yes and amen!--and we then explored how this grace transforms and humbles.

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