James: Enmity With God

I always considered being against God to be a huge, grievous, outward act. It had to be something like blaspheme, sexual immorality, murder, hate, so on so forth. I believed this until last year when God convicted me of my friendship with the world. I, like everyone else, was outraged when I saw the video… Continue reading James: Enmity With God

James: Wisdom From Above and Below

In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the main character, Christian, ran into a man on his journey towards removinghis burden and reaching heaven. The man he met was named Mr. Worldly Wiseman. He told Christian that there was an easier way to remove his burden. He said he was older and wiser so his words… Continue reading James: Wisdom From Above and Below

James: Teaching and the Tongue

I don’t want to write this blogpost. In fact, passages in the Bible like this make me wait to call it quits on Failing Forward all together. It makes me want to cancel my women’s group study from here on out. And it definitely makes me want to throw off my fantasies of writing a… Continue reading James: Teaching and the Tongue

James: Faith and Works

While there have been abrupt points made by James so far, we’re really getting to the meat of why people question if James should be in the Bible in this next passage. Throughout the book, but especially in 2:14-26 James states that faith without works is dead. This sounds as if it’s in stark contrast… Continue reading James: Faith and Works

James: Partiality and Mercy

I recently started reading a book called Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher. It is a phenomenal book about Christian dissidence in the face of totalitarianism. Rod Dreher interviewed many people who escaped from communist regimes. He asked a Russian Orthodox man why the people fell for the Bolsheviks propaganda. The man explained that… Continue reading James: Partiality and Mercy

James: Speak, Listen, Anger

I’ve spouted off without thinking more times than I can count. I’m ashamed of how quickly I have jumped to conclusions or ideologies before thinking them through. I so often regret not carefully weighing my actions and reactions. Yet, I have never regretted taking time to think through and gather information before giving an answer… Continue reading James: Speak, Listen, Anger

James: Trials and Temptations

I was told when I was younger that if you wanted to test your marriage, do home improvement together. I chuckled at that and didn’t think much of it until my husband and I began working on the farmhouse we bought. We currently are living through deconstruction and construction in the majority of our house.… Continue reading James: Trials and Temptations

James: Endurance, Wisdom, and Impartiality

It might be the awkward homeschooler in me, but I am not very good at small talk. Sure, while I worked in customer service for a short period of time I learned to start and carry on short conversations with people I didn’t know well. But when it comes to someone I’m closer to, someone… Continue reading James: Endurance, Wisdom, and Impartiality

James: Bold and Humble

I chuckled nervously as I back tracked to explain and soften something I had just said that came off potentially offensive in today’s cultural climate. I sighed and said, “I don’t even know what I can say anymore!” While I want to work on my boldness (yet tact in execution) of truth despite how it… Continue reading James: Bold and Humble

Good Even When We Don’t Feel It

I know I promised the start of a series on James this week, but I am yet again taking a small tangent. While I am continuing to study that loaded book of the Bible, I want to share something else that has also been on the forefront of my mind: God’s goodness in undesirable circumstances.… Continue reading Good Even When We Don’t Feel It