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Archives for April 2016

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God is the source

For James and for us the most important question we can answer is the “Who is God?” Question. ...

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Applying the concept

Applying this “chain” takes some intentional work....

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The chain of temptation

Sin doesn’t exist in a vacuum....

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God can be trusted

Let’s try two thought-experiments....

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The Difference Between Trials and Temptations

According to James, God sends trials but he is not responsible for temptations. That difference may seem arbitrary to us, but it matters tremendously to James....

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Blessed

Blessed are those who experience trials because they get a specific kind of benefit that can only come on the other side of a trial....

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Foundations exposed

During our trials, we need to maintain a firm conviction that God is willing and able to give us wisdom to navigate our difficult circumstances. ...

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Generous with wisdom

Our generous God cares immensely about who we’re becoming as we walk through life....

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What trials produce

Trials change us: for the better or for worse....

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How we process trials

Trials remain trials. Pain remains pain. Suffering remains suffering. But we aren’t helpless....

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Search in progress

Jesus' compassion and love extend even to those of us who cross our arms and mutter in response to his generosity....

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Complicated Lost-ness

Rejoicing is the only appropriate response when someone comes home to God....

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Emotional Journey

But if we push through the valley with faithful endurance, what a joy waits for us on the other side: second chances, restoration, new life!...

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When rejoicing spreads through heaven

God values “lost sheep” so much that rejoicing spreads through heaven whenever one person changes their life course and heads home to God....

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Making a special effort

Throughout his ministry Jesus made a special effort to connect with those who were socially ostracized, vulnerable and far from God....

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The correction of the Father

While the father’s patient forgiveness of the younger son is obvious, it’s important that we not miss that he’s just as generous with the older, self-righteous son....

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More than dignity

“This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”...

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The reputation of the Father

The way people answer the “What’s God like?” question matters tremendously....

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Grieving the disaster

If you have a loved one who has left home for a distant country and met disaster, grief is healthy. ...

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The Generous Father

That’s his reputation. And his core of generosity never seems to be exhausted....

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Self-Righteous Isolation

One cannot be a son without being a brother. One cannot be a brother without being a son....

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