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James 1:19-21 - Being Confronted by God's Word PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 November 2008 13:55

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

Being Confronted by God's Word

James 1:19-21

 

General outline of chapter 1:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

      1. The Confrontation with Trials: Joy & Wisdom 1:2-8

      2. The Range of Trials: Poverty & Riches 1:9-11

      3. The Outcome of Trials: Confidence, Defeat, Victory 1:12-18

    1. The Word of God 1:19-27

      1. The Confrontation with the Word 1:19-21

      2. The Objective of the Word 1:22-25

      3. The Evidence of the Word 1:26-27

 

James 1:19-21

 

The Word Cuts Deep – The Truth Hurts!

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be

quick to hear,

slow to speak,

slow to anger;

20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.

Receive the Word with Meekness – The Truth Saves!

21 Therefore put away all

filthiness and

rampant wickedness

and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 19: As a sword (Eph. 6:17), God's word cuts deep (Heb. 4:12). When you are suffering in a trial, which would you rather do? listen speak get angry

  2. When God's word confronts you, which of these will you do? listen speak get angry

  3. What kinds of speaking are wrong when God confronts us with a trial, or His word? ________

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. Vv. 20-21: What does the anger of man produce? ____________________________________

 

  1. What produces the righteousness of God? __________________________________________

 

  1. What is one way to receive the word with meekness? _________________________________

 

  1. In what ways is the word "implanted?" ____________________________________________

 

  1. Why should you receive God's word with meekness? _________________________________

 
James 1:12-18 - The Outcome of Trials PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2008 13:41

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Outcome of Trials

James 1:12-18

 

General outline of chapter 1:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

      1. The Confrontation with Trials: Joy & Wisdom 1:2-8

      2. The Range of Trials: Poverty & Riches 1:9-11

      3. The Outcome of Trials: Confidence, Defeat, Victory 1:12-18

 

James 1:13-18

 

Confidence in Trials

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Defeat in Trials

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Victory in Trials

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creation.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 12 – Why does James mention "the crown of life?" Compare with 1 Cor. 9:25; 2 Tim. 4:8; 1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 2:10; 3:11.

  2. Vv. 13-15 – The words "test/trial" and "tempt" are the same word in the Greek—peirazo. Does God test people? What is His goal in testing? Who tempts people? What is his goal in tempting?

  3. Vv. 16-18 – In salvation "we have only God to thank, and only ourselves to blame." What reasons do these verses give to do so?

 
James 1:9-11 - The Range of Trials: Poverty & Riches PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2008 13:39

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Range of Trials: Poverty & Riches

James 1:9-11

 

General outline of chapter 1:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

      1. The Confrontation with Trials 1:2-8

        1. Joy and Trials 1:2-4

        2. Wisdom and Trials 1:5-8

      2. The Range of Trials 1:9-11

        1. The Trial of Poverty 1:9

        2. The Trial of Riches 1:10-11

      3. The Outcome of Trials 1:12-18

        1. Confidence in Trials 1:12

        2. Defeat in Trials 1:13-15

        3. Victory in Trials 1:16-18

 

James 1:9-11

 

The Trial of Poverty

9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,

The Trial of Riches

10 and the rich in his lowliness,

Reason

because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.

11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. Read Psalm 49.

  2. V. 9: In what ways is poverty a trial? Prov. 10:15; 14:20

  3. V. 9: In what ways can a "lowly brother" be exalted? Prov. 28:6, 11; 2 Cor. 6:10; 8:9; James 2:5

  4. V. 10: In what ways is being rich a trial? Prov. 13:8

  5. v. 10: In what ways can a rich brother be lowly? Matt. 6:33; Rev. 3:17

  6. V. 11: How does a flower of the grass "pass away?" How long does it take a little flower to die?

  7. V. 11: In what ways can a rich man "fade away" in the midst of his pursuits?

  8. What kinds of boasting are godly? Ps. 34:2; Jer. 9:23-24; 1 Cor. 1:26-31; 2 Cor. 5:12; 11:30; 12:9

  9. What is the point of the passage--what should both the rich and the poor do? Prov. 22:2

 
Why I integrate Google Calendars into clients' sites PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2008 12:46

I integrate Google Calendars into my clients' websites because Google Calendars are free, allow group sharing & editing, integrate multiple calendars into one, and are very easy to syndicate.

Let me explain by way of an example. I have a lot of calendar events to keep track of--my wife and my schedules, anniversaries & birthdays for family & friends, events at church, at my business, clients' calendars, and as a pastor, various community calendars scattered throughout multiple websites and printed publications. I really don't want to compare multiple calendars with each other every time I add an event to my own personal calendar.

Too many calendars!

So I've grouped all the events I can control in separate calendar files under one Google Calendar user account. I open my Google Calendar and all my different events display in one unified view. My wife and I share some calendar files so we can both edit them, even simultaneously from different locations.

Ahh, one calendar

But the events I can't control still live in websites & newsletters where I have to manually enter them into my calendar if I can find the time. What's more, if I install a calendar for my clients that can't easily be syndicated via RSS and thereby integrated into another calendar, too often the client simply doesn't use the calendar. Disconnected calendars are an evil; even a result of the Fall and probably of Babel. But there is a solution.

Not integrated!

Normally I'm not real excited about retyping someone else's calendar events. But in one case I did type them in: I want to go to my local high school's sports events to get to know people in the community, so I added all the high school's sports events to my calendar, in its own calendar file. Google makes it easy to put that calendar into any web page by inserting a little code Google provides, which results in a calendar like the one below.


New and improved!

Works great! So now I know what's going down at the football stadium. And what's cool is all my friends can add these events to their own calendar by clicking the "+ Google Calendar" button at the bottom. But I don't want to add the high school's events to this calendar every time the high school's own calendar changes. Nor do I want to be promoted to the "Calendar editor" position at the high school. They already pay someone to do that.

So I shared the calendar with her and gave her editing privileges. She can give editing privileges to anyone else she needs to in the school, and create and integrate different calendars for other kinds of school events (PTA, School Board, clubs, etc.) Now all that needs to happen for me, my friends, and any parent in the school district to have a perfectly up-to-date calendar is:

  • for the right school administrator to approve replacing the school's current calendar with a Google Calendar,
  • for them to approve posting the little bit of code above into their calendar page on their website,
  • and for people who visit the calendar to add it to their own personal calendar.
 
James 1:5-8 - Wisdom and Trials PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2008 02:00

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

Wisdom and Trials

James 1:5-8

 

General outline of chapter 1:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

      1. The Confrontation with Trials 1:2-8

        1. Joy and Trials 1:2-4

        2. Wisdom and Trials 1:5-8

      2. The Range of Trials 1:9-11

        1. The Trial of Poverty 1:9

        2. The Trial of Riches 1:10-11

      3. The Outcome of Trials 1:12-18

        1. Confidence in Trials 1:12

        2. Defeat in Trials 1:13-15

        3. Victory in Trials 1:16-18

 

James 1:5-8

 

Ask for wisdom

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Ask in faith, not doubting

6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

Questions:

 

  1. V. 5: When you lack wisdom in a trial: What words do you say? What kinds of harm may result? Why do you lack wisdom? How can you get wisdom?

 

  1. V. 5: Is James saying God will give you anything you ask for? _____ YES _____ NO

  2. V. 5: What does it mean to give "generously?" To give "without reproach?"

 

  1. Vv. 6-8: What does it mean to "ask in faith, with no doubting?" What does each result & evidence of doubting mean, and what counterpart does it find in faith?

     

    Faith

    Doubting

    Results:

     

    driven & tossed by wind: _____________
    will not receive anything: _____________

    Evidences:

     

    Double-minded: ____________________
    unstable in ways: ___________________

  2. What should you do when you next face a trial?

 
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