The Impact of the Law of Freedom

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Law of Freedom For two straight chapters, we’ve seen the phrase the law of freedom. Think about that phrase. We consider God’s Laws to be restrictive. However, James is getting a point across. God’s laws are freeing. Or at least they’re freeing when we put … Read More

Having the Faith to Use Wisdom

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Obtaining Wisdom The letter of James to the church is considered to be the one New Testament wisdom book. Like Old Testament Proverbs, James gives us nuggets of wisdom on how to live the life of Hearing & Following Jesus. As I read chapter 1 … Read More

Moving the Stone That Paralyzes Us

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Who Will Roll Away the Stone? After¬†Jesus’ death, the disciples didn’t expect to see him again. Likewise, the women in Jesus’ life thought he was dead and gone. They showed up wanting to finish the unfinished business of giving Jesus a proper burial. But there … Read More

Misunderstanding Jesus

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Misunderstanding Jesus Misunderstanding Jesus is as old as, well, Jesus himself. On the cross, those passing by yelled insults. “You were going to tear down the Temple with your own hands and rebuild it in three days. How’s that going for you?! If you’re so … Read More

Control in the Chaos

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Jesus’ life appeared to be spinning out of control. But he was never in more control than right now. Meekness Being meek isn’t being weak. Conversely, meekness is strength under control. The religious leaders were sharpening their swords. Blood was in the water and they … Read More

What Are We Impressed With?

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Impressed By What We See The disciples were impressed with what they saw. The Temple was an amazing structure. As we know it, one of the wonders of the world. Jesus didn’t get impressed so easily. After all, his home is the heavenly Temple. The … Read More

Exposing Hypocrisy

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Jesus marched to his death by exposing the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. Picking a Fight To start off in Mark 12, Jesus went straight at the religious leaders. A long time ago, God had given them a lot of authority. But they abused that … Read More

Moving the Mountain Through Faith

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We must have a faith that produces fruit. Faithless Fruit The poor fig tree got the brunt of Jesus’ frustration. Perhaps Jesus cleansing the temple came out of no where. But we really see Jesus coming to a boiling point at this moment. Frustration started … Read More

Leverage For Others

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Leverage what we have for the benefit of other people. Leverage Left to ourselves, we will leverage what we have in this world for the sake of ourselves. Relationships, gender, age, money, position, health and more we will use to make ourselves better and someone … Read More

Having It All Together

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When I read the Gospels, it is a reminder that I do not need to have it all together. Still Stumbling, Bumbling This seems like a broken record, doesn’t it? Over and over, the disciples keep messing up. And it seems like in Mark 9, … Read More