3 Attitudes Toward the Will of God: Part 1 (James 4:13–17)

James began chapter 4 talking about war with God and he ends it talking about the will of God. The two themes are actually related: when a believer is out of the will of God, he becomes a troublemaker and not a peacemaker. Lot moved into Sodom and brought trouble to his family. David committed […]

Man’s Wisdom Vs. God’s Wisdom: Part 2 (James 3:13–18)

In Part 1, we saw there is a “heavenly wisdom” that comes from God and a “man-made wisdom” that comes from the world. Today, we will look at the contrast between the operation of God’s wisdom and the world’s wisdom. Contrast in Operations (James 3:13–14, 17) Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them […]

The Love God Hates (1 John 2:12-17)

A group of first-graders had just completed a tour of a hospital and the nurse who directed them was asking for questions. Immediately a hand went up. “How come the people who work here are always washing their hands?” a little fellow asked. After the laughter had subsided the nurse gave a wise answer. “They […]

Pride vs. Humility

God extends His grace to the humble, but resists the proud (James 4:6). Humility expresses a genuine dependency on God and others. Humility recognizes we live the Christian life in the same manner we become Christians – by the grace of God. To those who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on […]

Signs of a Hard Heart

I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you (Exodus 7:3-4). Have you ever met someone who was just plain stubborn? You might know people within your circle of friends who insist on having their way. They are hardheaded and obstinate about what […]