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James 5:12-20 ESV

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. 

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. 

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Be careful what you say. Always speak the truth, and speak honourably.  Jesus was perfect in speech. We can try to be like that.

He’s going back to where he started in addressing how to deal with trials in our life. The appropriate response is prayer. One of the best ways to use our speech is in prayer. If we are praying it becomes harder to use our speech badly.

There is forgiveness. Confess your sins to one another. There is an emotional, spiritual healing that takes place. The Christian is also called to have an eternal perspective on healing. Whenever you read “raise him up”, that’s a promise of future physical resurrection from the dead. Anytime that God heals us in this life, it’s a picture of that.

We’re in this together. The best way to show care to someone else is to care for their eternal wellbeing. Christ came to establish a family. We need to start acting like one.

Link Dump

Going Back to School: The 1970s vs. Today

It looks like I’m a 70s mom. Especially this:

10. Include a red delicious apple even though you know that damned apple is just going to come home uneaten again, which is fine because you can keep adding the same one until it practically rots.

I’m guilty!

Mark Driscoll’s true god to be revealed

This is probably the first Driscoll item I read that shows grace.

In the next few months Mark Driscoll will face a decision that will reveal the identity of his true God. If he loves Jesus more than he loves the pulpit, he will step away and complete his journey of submission, under the hand of a spiritual director.
The simple act of stepping away will prove that Driscoll trusts God more than he trusts himself.
Like Job, Mark must lose everything he’s built in order to get it back from God. If he chooses to return to ministry he will come back ten times the preacher and one hundred times the man he was before.

Mark Driscoll and his family are in my prayers.

Christianity Can’t Replace My Zoloft

Wow, a link from Time and from a “social justice” advocate.

The Christian life and indeed, the human life, is one of sojourning and traveling through brokenness and pain. It’s one of struggling and failed expectations that are occasionally interrupted by a glimpse of “the Kingdom”. We all live for those moments of joy, peace, and fulfillment. Whether that is the embrace of our lover, the satisfaction of a job well done, our the moment of peace we experience in worship. But the embrace ends. Another job comes along. And the worship experience will pass. And the fallenness of this world will become our reality once again. It’s in this fallenness that God is most present. It’s in this suffering that our longing and motivation to work for the Kingdom of God is fueled. It’s in this brokenness that faith becomes essential- we must hope for a better day. And it’s that hope that quenches our soul in the desert of life. The hope that we will one day be united with God and neighbor. The hope for no more fears, tears, or suffering. The hope of lasting satisfaction. But until then, I’m going to take my Zoloft. You’re not going to be satisfied. Life is going to be hard. We all will continue wandering. But take heart- Jesus wanders with us. And maybe its time that we start to admit that. Live into that. And embrace that. Because that’s Good News.

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share much more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering.

Good people must join together and stop this revolting wave of violence. It’s not as if we are powerless. I write this as a citizen of the strongest military power on earth. I write this as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters.

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part (Patience In Ministry And Parenting)

It is easy to get frustrated with people who just “don’t get it” or don’t seem to have the will power to stop doing certain behaviors. It is easy to throw one’s arms up in the air when ministering to the stubborn or slow, and move on to other things.

And yet, I am so grateful that Christ doesn’t do this with me!

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Day by Day

James 5:7-11 ESV

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

This is addressed to the non wealthy saved in the Church.

He tells them to look past their immediate affliction because they day is drawing near when you will receive eternal blessings. Persevere in the truth.  He gives three examples, a farmer, the prophets, and Job.

Don’t grumble against your rich brothers. It’s not up to the poor to make the wealthy to share. It’s not up to them to judge the wealthy brothers, God will judge.

The Scriptures exhort the oppressed and the oppressors in different ways. James exhorts the poor and oppressed to submit, and he calls the wealthy and oppressors to stop taking advantage and oppressing.

Jesus was poor. He submitted to the authorities and endured oppression, yet he did not grumble against those who oppressed him.

Jesus is coming back, people’s poverty and suffering is temporary. God we make everything right upon His return.

No matter what you’re going through, keep your eyes on Him.

Day by Day

James 4:13-17 ESV

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Applicable to all of us. Don’t assume your plans will be carried out.

In its context, James is speaking to saved business people. He’s trying to exhort these people towards humility. Remember that everything is the Lord’s, businesses and situations and everything we own. Your life is extremely short. Reprioritize, change your perspective away from acquiring and towards God.

Lookup Matthew 6 – don’t worry about your life, what you’re going to eat, wear…, also the parable of the farmer who built the bigger barn but does before his plans came to fruition.

The goal of any business is to make a profit. Remember that the ultimate goal is to be a blessing. Yes, make a profit but it’s a gift so that you will be a blessing to others. Make as much money as you can, then give away as much as you can.

Christ wasn’t wealthy. He goal was not to make money, it was to build the kingdom. This is our goal.

James 5:1-6 ESV

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

This is directed to a different group of people. They are in the Church, but they’re not saved. They are gathering with the other people but they are not going to be judged well, their sins are not covered by Christ.

James has a very stern warning for them. The evidence of their lack of salvation is the way they are using their wealth. They are cheating their workers.

Luxury and self indulgence – we need to continually check ourselves. Are we living in so much self indulgence that we are unwilling to help others? Does the Holy Spirit convict us of some of our life decisions? Of all the people that have ever lived in the history of the world we are the wealthiest.

Condemning and murdering = oppression.  They haven’t received much opposition in this world.

Day by Day

A note about my Day by Day posts:

I meet with people from my church in the mornings to share our time and worship. We’ve been going through the epistle of James. These posts are just notes that I take while we are discussing the passage. Any mistakes or typos are mine.

James 4:11-12 ESV

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

This is concluding the section that starts with 3:1. This section is all about divisions caused by the tongue.

He is calling them to rise above where they’re at, referring to what he previously referred to as the law of liberty.

Does this mean Christians aren’t to judge at all? Of course not. James is warning against judging negatively among people, or gossiping. What would it look like to judge appropriately? If there’s an issue with your brother, then go to your brother. (Matthew 18)

Matthew 7:1-6 ESV

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

The criteria you use to judge another will be the criteria that will be used against you.

Be self aware. Recognize your own sins and tendencies, then you will be more equipped to come alongside to admonish a brother.

Be careful not to rebuke into a person’s life when they have no ears to hear. Use some discernment.

Don’t put yourself in the position of God over someone. Don’t elevate yourself over someone, remember you’re a sinner, too.

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