James 1:22-27 – Be Not Only Hearers of the Word

“Deceiving your own selves,” says James. What did they deceive themselves about? Why, probably they thought they were considerably better for being hearers—much to be commended and sure to get a blessing. They would not have been happy if they had not heard the Word on Sunday and they look with disgust upon their neighbors […]

Posted on: April 23, 2020 - 10:00PM

James 1:19-21 – Hearing and Receiving The Word of God

Ponder now, my soul! Are these oracles of God, these testimonies and testaments of Jesus Christ, my heritage, the word upon which he hath caused me to hope? Are they my divine charter for my everlasting life? Are they even now my food, and the rejoicing of my heart? Are they sweeter than honey to […]

Posted on: April 18, 2020 - 1:32PM

James 1:12-18 – Finding Encouragement in God To Endure Trials

If you are not on God’s redemptive agenda page, you will end up doubting his goodness. One of the most important questions you could ask is: “What is God doing in the here and now?” The follow-up question is also important: “How should I respond to it?” It is nearly impossible to think about life […]

Posted on: April 2, 2020 - 10:00PM

James 1:9-11 – The Good Found In Humble Pursuits

Contentment is taking pleasure in God’s disposal. This is so when I am well pleased in what God does, in so far as I can see God in it, though, as I said, I may be sensible of the affliction, and may desire that God in his due time would remove it, and may use means to […]

Posted on: March 26, 2020 - 10:00PM

James 1:5-8 – The Exceeding Generosity of God

James has an arrangement of words in the original which can scarcely be reproduced in an English translation, but which may be partially represented thus: ‘Let him ask of the giving God.’ That represents not so much the divine giving as an act, but, if I may so say, as a divine habit. It is […]

Posted on: March 19, 2020 - 10:00PM

James 1:1-4 – The Purpose and the Glory Found In Trials

We cannot be tested without the knowledge and watchfulness of God. Just as the refiner of silver sits in the presence of the furnace, and with skilled eye watches until the fire has done its work, and then withdraws the precious metal; so God, in infinite care for His own, governs the heat, and the […]

Posted on: March 12, 2020 - 10:00PM

Ephesians 4 – The Church Building Up One Another

The goal that we are headed towards, the final end, the destination of all the equipping and the building up of the body of Christ is three-fold. First of all, it is unto the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God. That is number one. Number two, it is unto a mature […]

Posted on: March 6, 2020 - 6:00PM

2 Corinthians 7:9-10 – The Difference Between Worldly Grief and Godly Grief in the Hope for Change

The prodigal son saw that he not only had made a mess of his life, but he had sinned against his father, then one who loved him the most and gave him everything. This is exemplary. Too often we are simply sorry we got caught. Sorry we have to live with the consequences.  Sorry we […]

Posted on: February 27, 2020 - 10:00PM

Ephesians 4:20-24 – The Process of Change

This idea of exchange permeates Paul’s discussion on change. Not only must the sin cease, but righteousness must fill its place. If you thought change was hard only when it demanded you to stop the wrong, try adding the right as well. The job just got a ton harder. When is a thief not a […]

Posted on: February 20, 2020 - 10:00PM

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Jesus is the Hope for Change

Somewhere along the line, we have individualized the gospel. We said it was just about “you and Jesus.” We forgot that the gospel doesn’t just change eternal destinies; it changes everything. The gospel transforms societies, renews families, and heals relationships. That’s why Jesus called it “the gospel of the kingdom” (Luke 16:16). The gospel is […]

Posted on: February 13, 2020 - 10:00PM