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Brothers | Losing It | Downfalls of Desire

Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15)   “How did I get here?” Regret has a way of slapping some sense into us, but…
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Brothers | Losing It | Temptations

No one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone…(James 1:13)   “The devil made me do it!” Decades ago, comedian Flip Wilson started a national craze with this line. It provided a hilarious excuse for any action, and while everyone knew it was a…
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Brothers | Shaped | Spiritual Traitors

Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea… their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. (James 1:6-8)   Traitor. It’s an ugly word in every language, while loyalty is valued in every culture. A traitor…
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Brothers | Shaped | Seeking God’s Wisdom

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5)   If only we knew what to do: Should I buy that house? Should I take that job? Is this the person I should marry? Some people turn to fortune tellers,…
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Brothers | Shaped | Tests

…knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (James 1:3)   What is the purpose of a test? Tests don’t teach us the material, they only show us what we don’t know. An algebra test reveals what you don’t know about algebra. A science test reveals what you need to study in science.  A…
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Brothers | Shaped | Choose Joy

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy…  (James 1:2)   “Troubles” is a generic word that doesn’t adequately describe some of the garbage we go through. It’s easy to congratulate ourselves when we manage not to lose our cool over the waiter getting our order wrong or having…
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Brothers | Shaped | How do you see Jesus?

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ… (James 1:1) Before we can appreciate this verse, we must recognize the identity of the author. James was the half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ. Imagine growing up with Jesus as your older brother! Mary: “Who left this bread out? Of course it wasn’t…
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Manly Men | God’s Picture

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14   Keith pocketed his knife and kicked at the curled wood shavings at his feet. “You know, I feel like those pieces right there sometimes,” he said. “Work, work, work and it all ends up…
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Manly Men | Self-Rule

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31   Rance was determined to make his fortune by the time he was 40 so he could spend the rest of his life enjoying it. Steve took the opposite approach and spent every penny…
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Manly Men | Angered

— Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered.  Proverbs 22:24   “I have a short fuse. That’s just how I am.” Some people are so comfortable with their anger, they’ve elevated it to a virtue. “Because I’m so incredibly special,” they’re actually saying, “I have a right…
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