Category Archives: Real Joy-Real Faith-Real Life

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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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: The Wisdom from Above

James 3:13-18 contrasts two kinds of wisdom: earthly wisdom and the wisdom from above. As we discuss the origin, characteristics, and effects of each, we must ask ourselves: where do we need wisdom? And where do we seek it? Wisdom, like faith, will show itself in how we live our lives. 

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: The Tongue is a Fire

The power and destructive nature of our speech, a restless evil no one can tame--it's the theme of James 3:1-12. This lesson brings with it no small amount of conviction for us all! As we discuss our words and our propensity to use them for harm and evil, we remind ourselves of the kindness of the Lord to bring us to repentance!

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: Not By Faith Alone

At the end of James 2, James continues his theme of true, living faith by contrasting faith with works and faith without works. We discuss what appears to be contradictions with Paul's teaching that justification is by faith alone. 

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: Show No Partiality

This lesson focuses on James 2:1-13 and James' warning against showing partiality, specifically partiality against the poor in favor of the rich. Listeners will note that my voice sounds terrible! I was slightly under the weather on this date; my voice does improve through the course of the lesson. 

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: Doer of the Word

This lesson focuses on James 1:19-27 and James' instructions on how we should approach and respond to the Word of God. May we be women who look intently into the Word and persevere in it!

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Real Joy - Real Faith - Real Life: Steadfast Under Trial

In James 1:12-18, James will continue his theme of persevering in struggles. He then transitions to temptation and sin and deception. We discuss the hard truth of the evil within and rejoice in the Father of lights who gives every good and perfect gift and who so loved us that He gave the most precious gift of all, His Son.

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