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Changing Direction | Fans vs. Followers

Jesus went out to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd followed him. (Mark 3:7)   Look again at that word “followed.” If we were to have asked anyone in that crowd, “Are you a follower of Jesus?” they would have answered with an enthusiastic, “YES!” Many of them had followed him from village…
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Brothers | Every Season | Patience in Suffering

For examples of patience in suffering…look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. (James 5:10)   Patience in suffering. UGH! What an awful phrase. When we’re suffering, we want sympathy, help, or at least the relief of complaining. Social media provides us with a dozen avenues to let everyone know how…
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Brothers | Every Season | Being Righteous

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)   Do you cringe every time you read the word “righteous” in the Bible? When we think of “righteous,” we might picture a holy man on a hilltop who has never even swatted a bug. Or we imagine Jesus: pure, strong, and pleasing…
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Brothers | Every Season | Turning a Sinner

…he who turns a sinner from…error…will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)   Devon jerked to his feet and stomped from the pastor’s study, slamming the door behind him. How dare Pastor Rob tell him he had to stop drinking! He could stop anytime he wanted to.…
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Brothers | Every Season | Patience

Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8)   Sweat coated the face of the farmer as he climbed off his tractor…
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Brothers | Every Season | Grumblings

Don’t grumble against one another… or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!  (James 5:9)   The airways are thick with grumblings and accusations about judging. “You’re judging!” “No, YOU’RE judging!” “They’re judgmental, but I’m not judgmental for saying they’re judgmental.” It gets a little ridiculous. Social media has given us…
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Brothers | Closer | Ask For Help

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)   “I do it myself!” shouted three-year-old Emmy. She stood on a box of Lego’s balanced on a wooden stool atop a folding chair. It was a disaster about to happen when Dad raced into the room. Emmy had just reached the…
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Brothers | Closer | Spiritual Traitors

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. (James 4:8)   Benedict Arnold is infamous for his attempt to betray the American army during the Revolutionary War. He had served as a general under…
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Brothers | Closer | Pride

As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” (James 4:6)   Pride was the first sin and God hates it. Lucifer, the chief archangel, grew proud in heaven and decided that his awesomeness should get the glory and worship God was receiving. So God cast his prideful self out and now,…
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Brothers | Closer | Friend of the World

Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? (James 4:4) The twenty-first century is already providing us with so many advances and improvements that it’s hard to keep up. From travel to technology, the norms are changing at a dizzying speed. But that progress does not mean that humanity…
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