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James 1: 5 – 8
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
James has just finished a couple of sentences about enduring trials (vs. 2 – 4) … then he shifts to this bold statement about wisdom. Handling trials requires wisdom, no? We More >
In Matthew 27:12, Jesus was being accused by the chief priests and elders, but He did not answer.
I struggle with this a lot. I truly need God’s help and strength when it comes to not answering my accusers. Do you feel like you always need to defend yourself against God’s accusers? Defense attorneys have become rich by defending people. I always find myself wanting to defend God when people accuse God of killing nations and all types of atrocities. Jesus came to earth and walked in the middle eastern region for 33 years. He had the opportunity to defend the decisions God More >
“When the soil is moist after infrequent rains, a Resurrection Plant absorbs water and grows rapidly, producing a flat rosette of scaly stems up to one foot across. As the soil dries, it cannot store water like its succulent neighbors, so it folds up its stems into a tight ball as it desiccates and goes into a state of dormancy. The folded plant has a limited surface area, and what little internal moisture is present is conserved. All metabolic functions are reduced to a bare minimum and it appears to be dead. The More >
In Matthew 27:11, Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”
Jesus was offered many times the opportunity to save His life. Each time, He show that God is not controlled by man but rather man is under the authority of God. Jesus could have easily said that He was mistaken but instead He boldly confirms that He is the King of the Jews. Apparently Jesus missed social training courses of tolerance that is very prominent today. This was the opportunity to say the right thing in order to More >
In Matthew 21:4-5, it reads, all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet in Zechariah 9:9, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
Jesus did these things to reveal to the world that He is God. People say Jesus maneuvered His way into fulfilling prophecy but that is impossible. There was a chance that the donkey would not be there or the colt would not be there or someone might have stolen the both of them. Judas might have gotten a change of More >
John 2:21-22 NASB
But He was speaking of the temple of His body. So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
While Jesus touched the lives of many people, there is no doubt that He had the most impact on the lives of His disciples. After Jesus, it is safe to say that the most important figures in the Bible are His disciples turned apostles. Jesus said and did specific things so that they would witness it and remember those things when necessary. More >
Have you ever asked your teenage child a question and then listened to him/her talk for a good 30 minutes and tell you absolutely nothing? Has your spouse ever thought he/she told you something but the message was so veiled you had no idea what was being said? Has a friend ever told you what you wanted to hear … instead of telling you what was true? Have you ever been the one to communicated in these ways? I am guilty … on both ends – the giving and the receiving. And I don’t like it.
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About our study: 1. I will be writing the text in each post for this study – and will be using the New Revised Standard Version. Feel free to keep your own favorite version open as you read. 2. The (P1) in the Title line refers to Post #1. (P2) to Post #2, etc. 3. We will only cover a few verses in each post. James packs so much punch in so few words … to go any faster, I fear, would loose much of his content and purpose. 4. That slow pace will allow time for reflection. Plan to More >
In Matthew 27:9-10, after the chief priests used the money to buy the Potter’s Field, that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF THE ONE WHOSE PRICE HAD BEEN SET by the sons of Israel; AND THEY GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER’S FIELD, AS THE LORD DIRECTED ME.”
Some people say that Jesus forcibly fulfilled prophecy in order to “appear” to be the Messiah. That is a bit absurd. There is no way that Jesus, currently being held as a prisoner, could force the chief priest do anything. He could not make Judas only think He was only More >
John 2:19 NASB
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
This is the greatest sign ever performed. Jesus is shifting the focus from the dwelling place of God being a building made with human hands to the place that God created as His own dwelling place, the human heart. Although the Jews and disciples are going to miss the point He is making, Jesus is making one of the important statement that would affect the rest of history. One of His purposes for coming to earth was to adjust the thinking of the people More >