There’s a  legend of a very wise man who lived on the northern frontier of China. One day, for no clear reason, the man’s horse ran away. When his neighbors tried to console him, the man replied, “What makes you so sure it isn’t a good thing?” Some months later, the horse returned, bringing with…

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Greed Illustration Photo

Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Your position at work gets eliminated. Your childhood may have included abuse. The biopsy comes back positive. Kids leave home, and along the way also leave the faith. You work as hard as you can, but just can’t seem to get ahead financially. When we bring these common experiences to the…

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crystal ball and prophesy photo

Many of you know that my father is now 95 years old. A study was done in which fifty people aged 95 and older were asked a single question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” They had lived almost a century, so they have a unique perspective compared…

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Ever get caught in someone’s anger and wonder, “Where did that come from?!” Ever vent unreasonable anger yourself and wonder the same, “Where did that come from?” Today’s passage takes a peek under the hood of that very question. In James 4:1-12, Doctor James offers a bit of soul surgery to help us clean out…

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I’d like to introduce you to Gyles Brandreth. Gyles is a bit of a character. He once won the European Monopoly Championship (who knew there was one?). He served as President of the Association of British Scrabble Players (actual club). He is known for his impressive collection of sweaters. And most pertinent to us today,…

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Stethoscope

A good doctor not only diagnoses what’s wrong, but also prescribes the best remedy, and thus affects a cure. Howie Hendricks likens today’s Scripture passage to Dr. James putting his stethoscope to the heart of his fellow first-century Christians. There, he diagnoses spiritual hardening of the arteries—by way of the symptom of partial paralysis in…

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James 1:19-27 If you ever feel like smashing something, I’ve got a little trip to recommend. Thundrdome Amusements has added something special to their usual bubble soccer, axe throwing and combat archery. They now also feature a “Rage Room”—actual name, the Rage Room. Here’s how it works: after you sign a waiver and suit up…

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Welcome to part two of our series “Faith Works” as we cover the book of James! James is, as we explored last week, the first New Testament book written. Its author is one of the brothers of Jesus. He was a leader—Paul calls him “a pillar”—of the influential Jerusalem church. And James is direct. His…

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