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August 14th James 5:1-6 “The Debts of the Wealthy”

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  Two thousand years ago, nobody’s economy was booming.  Farm practices were primitive, manufactured goods were expensive and even mining was a lot of work with a small pay-off.  One of the most profitable businesses was asphalt collection on the Dead Sea where great lumps of asphalt would float to the surface of the lake and…

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August 12th James 4:1-10

Dear Sisters and Brothers, We don’t read the Easter story on Christmas Eve.  We don’t read Paul’s letter to Philemon at weddings.  Not every biblical reading is appropriate for every day.  When you are trying to ease someone’s grief, you don’t read cattle counts from the book of Numbers.    Today’s reading is not for all occasions, but it…

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August 11th James 3:13-18 “God’s Wisdom In The Days of Greed and Ambition”

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  Throughout the book of James, we see an emphasis on doing good deeds.  Faith is not faith unless it is motivating.  God’s love is never limited to a rosy feeling but love always does something.  There are passive ways of showing love, like graciously receiving gifts of kindness, or allowing someone to care for you…

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August 8th James 2:1-12 “Against Favoritism”

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Today’s passage of Scripture is longer than usual, but it contains a single thread of thought.  It is like a little letter all by itself: James 2:1-12 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine…

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