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Brothers | Weight Lifters | Mercy

For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)   “I will NOT forgive her!” “They don’t deserve forgiveness after what they did!” “I hope the judge buries that jerk under the courthouse!” Statements like those feel justified when we’ve been wronged. The unthinkable happened and…
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Brothers | Weight Lifters | Heroes

Isn’t it the rich who…slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? (James 2:6-7)   Heroes. From our earliest years, we are force-fed heroes. From cartoons to professional sports, our culture insists that we throw money at our heroes like they were wise investments. Mr. Rogers and Barney the Dinosaur were traded for athletes and rock…
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Brothers | Weight Lifters | The Only Star

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.… (James 2:1)   The roped-off section at the front left no room for Mellie and her kids. They’d visited this church last week, but apparently special guests were coming today. She ushered the kids to the overflow room as a…
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Brothers | Weight Lifters | Deep Roots

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)   “Just gimme the list,” we say. “Living the Christian life would be easier if we had a list we could check off.”…
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Brothers | Weight Lifters | Foolish Tongues

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself… (James 1:26)   There James goes again with another way we are fooling ourselves. This one is even more painful. Now he’s saying that our true heart condition is revealed by what comes out of our mouths. Uh-oh!  Since the…
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Brothers | Mirrored | Running Wild

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful. (Proverbs 29:18)   That verse has never been more relevant than in 21st century America. If Satan and his henchmen took on flesh and wore matching jerseys, most of the world would eagerly sign up for the team.…
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Brothers | Mirrored | The Wrong Tool

But if you… do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. (James 1:25)   Drops of sweat dotted the garage floor as Chet pounded furiously on the stubborn nail. Despite his efforts and a few choice words, the nail refused to sink more than a…
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Brothers | Mirrored | Casual Hearers

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  (James 1:22)   Shayna loved going to church, mostly because of the music. She was the first to sign up for every women’s conference, had an entire library of Joyce Myer books and at least fourteen Bibles scattered around her house. She considered herself…
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Brothers | Mirrored | Filth and Evil

So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts… (James 1:21)   Now James has taken the gloves off. He’s about to get more real than we feel comfortable with. It would be nice if he was addressing bank robbers in prison…
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Brothers | Mirrored | Dressed in the Dark

For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. (James 1:23-24)   Ever see somebody that looks like they got dressed in the dark? Mismatched shoes, hair askew, coat doesn’t go with the pants.…
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