The wisdom in restraint

Disclaimer: I really, really love the book of James. Maybe that’s a bit presumptuous to proclaim, considering that this book is all about living out your faith and not just saying that you believe. So, perhaps I should follow that disclaimer with the fact that on my best days, I’m…

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Have you ever wondered at the seemingly audacious words of James 1:2? “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” Really? Consider it joy? Yep, that’s what it says. Or how about the astounding perspective that the apostle Paul seemed to maintain throughout…

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When you don’t know what to do

I have found myself being redirected back to the book of James this week. For whatever reason, God wants me planted in this short book of Scripture, and hear me when I say, “I’m not complaining!” I love the book of James. I spent nearly a year in it, studying…

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How do you “consider it pure joy?”

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 I know I’m not alone in…

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When my attitude is broken

Have you ever heard the saying that goes something like this? “10% of life is your circumstances, and 90% is how you respond to them.” I’m not sure where those figures came from or necessarily how accurate the percentages are, but there’s something to it, isn’t there? This idea that…

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