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Brothers | It’s Different | Envy

But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. (James 3:14)   “I should be allowed to lead women’s ministry,” snapped Glenda. “I’ve been to Bible college and my 20 years of teaching 6th graders should qualify me to move up!” Her friends…
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Brothers | It’s Different | Knowledge vs. Wisdom

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life… with humility… (James 3:13)   Dr. Smart peered over his glasses at his grad student. “Did you question me, young man?” he growled. He jerked his head toward the wall covered with diplomas, certificates, and commendations. “I have more letters behind…
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Brothers | Out of Control | Cursing Others

With the tongue we praise our Lord… and with it we curse human beings…made in God’s likeness. (James 3:9)   “He’s a no-good loser who’ll never amount to anything. He’s not worth my trouble!” Andy kicked his toolbox across the shop floor and watched his ex-employee walk away. Bruce wiped greasy hands and watched too.…
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Brothers | Out of Control | Toxic Tongues

But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. (James 3:8)   Among the deadliest snakes in the world are the Carpet Viper and the Black Mamba. They earned this title by being easily provoked and quickly aggressive. While the Black Mamba has been called the most…
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Brothers | Out of Control | Fires

And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness…It can set your whole life on fire… (James 3:6)   The boys huddled over the pile of dead ants while Jack pulled out a lighter. “Watch this,” he whispered. Ben shifted nervously and cast anxious glances toward his house. “Are…
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Brothers | Out of Control | Mindful Mouths

We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect…  (James 3:2)   “Me and my big fat mouth.” You did it again. You blabbed a secret, bragged too much, or stuck your foot it in. You’d give anything to take it back, but it’s too late.…
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Brothers | Out of Control | Unqualified Leaders

…not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. (James 3:1)   “I don’t know why they won’t let me lead,” complained Monica. “I told them I’d make my boyfriend move out.” Bret clapped her on the back. “Who knows? You’d be great. I’m celebrating…
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Brothers | Balancing Act | The Cost of Faith

…was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she sent the messengers…by another way? (James 2:25)   It would cost her everything to do what these men asked. But it would cost her everything if she didn’t. Israel was about to destroy her city, but Rahab and her family would be spared if…
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Brothers | Balancing Act | Tests of Faith

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? (James 2:21)   It’s easy to say, “Sure, Lord. I’ll do whatever you ask” when we’re lying on the beach sipping lemonade. We might imagine standing before a firing squad, our captors demanding that we deny Christ…
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Brothers | Balancing Act | Faith Without Deeds

Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?  (James 2:20) Did James say that faith is useless? It almost sounds as though we’re saved by grace but we stay saved by our good deeds. Is that how it works? Take a peek at Friends Church. They are proud of their gold and glass…
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