God Thought 12/6/23
by Ronnie Martin, YouVersion Devotional on December 6th, 2023
'No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. '1 Corinthians 10:13 'For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—y...
God Thought 11/29/23
by Ronnie Martin, YouVersion Devotional on November 29th, 2023
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.Psalms 39:7 NIVThe Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.2 Peter 3:9 NIV We live in such a fast-moving society, don’t we? We are likely experiencing that to its fullest right now during the Christmas season. The holid...
God Thought 11/22/23
by Jill Lowe on November 22nd, 2023
God is so good, and His people truly should have a thankful heart, praising Him for who He is and what He has done. Unfortunately, His people haven't always had that thankful heart.
God Thought 11/15/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on November 15th, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 5:1-20 Warnings to the WealthyThe Bible says riches are neither good nor evil. We find many wealthy people in the Bible who are not condemned for their prosperity – Abraham, Job and David, for instance. In Genesis, we find God created all good things so people could fully enjoy His glory.The problem is not mere possession of things. The problem is our sinful desires, the w...
God Thought 11/8/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on November 8th, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 4:13-17 Prideful BoastingJames concludes this section of the letter with verses 13 through 17. He presses into how little we actually know or control our lives. Therefore, our best possible option at all times is to depend on God. These verses call us out for the times we boast about where we will go, what we will do and how things will turn out – habits commonly accepted...
God Thought 11/1/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on November 1st, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 4:1-12 Troubles and TemptationsJames points out sins, also called ways of the world. Believers commonly struggle with old habits of sin. They must be abandoned by applying true wisdom to produce new works by faith.Discontentment: James writes, “You do not have because you do not ask God … you ask with wrong motives.” He addresses the sin first seen in Adam and Eve (1). Dis...
God Thought 10/25/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on October 25th, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 3:1-18 Speech of the TongueFrom the beginning of his letter, James identifies speech as a key test of authentic faith. Chapter 1 says those who “do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” (1:26). James has already condemned speaking words of moral filth, dead faith, hypocrisy, favoritism and false gospels by the time we g...
God Thought 10/18/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on October 18th, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 3:1-18James 4:1-17James 5:1-20 Living for ChristLike no other time in human history, global communication technology increases the damage uncontrolled tongues can do. Some leaders rule nations by the force of their speech. Parents and others shape the next generation by what they say and how they say it. How do you respond to careless criticism, gossip or angry outbursts ...
God Thought 10/11/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on October 11th, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 2:14-26 Faith and WorksSometimes people get confused when they compare James’ and Paul’s teachings about faith and works. Such confusion is resolved when Bible students consider all that both men wrote that is contained in the Bible.Context is crucial. Paul wrote largely to Gentile believers, and James wrote largely to Jewish believers.Paul focuses on how works is not rel...
God Thought 10/4/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on October 4th, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 2:1-13 FavoritismIn 2:1-13, James condemns favoritism (discrimination); particularly self-serving, judgmental treatment of the rich and poor. His comments equally apply to our lives today. Evil thoughts about what we can get from fellow believers must be rejected.Instead, God is to be glorified for what He has freely given to all. Jesus, the Lord of glory, laid aside His d...
God Thought 9/27/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on September 27th, 2023
This weeks Reading:James 1:19-27 Saving Faith DefinedJames, Paul and all great teachers in churches agree on the three elements of authentic faith. God-given faith includes content, assent, and commitment:Content: The gospel message focuses on the person and work of Jesus Christ. He carried out the Father’s will in His earthly ministry in dependence on the Holy Spirit. The eternal Son of God also ...
God Thought 9/20/23
by www.wordgo.org/ Bible Study Fellowship on September 20th, 2023
James 1:18 gives an essential truth: temptation and sin come from evil, never from God. Adam and Eve discovered how “their own evil desire” enticed them to sin (4). They received and passed on to all humanity the wages of sin – death, as God had forewarned (5). God knows and cares about every heartache and hardship. Jesus Christ will bring sin and suffering to an end when He returns.