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The Power Of A Praying Church

James 5:12-18 In this week’s text, we look at a passages of Scripture from the Epistle of James that is oft misunderstood. In short, James encourages those who are sick to call upon the elders of the church to let them pray over and anoint the person with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14). There are two …

Winning the War Within (Part 4)

Winning the War Within: Part 4

James 5:1-6 This week, we study what one commentator called one of the most searing passages of Scripture in the New Testament. In the first six verses of James 5, the Apostle directs his prophetic anger against the rich and self-indulgent people among us. These words are such an indictment against the rich, that they look like they could come …

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Winning the War Within: Part 2

James 4:7-12 As we have witnessed throughout the epistle of James, the theme is a contrast between real, saving faith and false faith, between a profession of faith and possession of faith. If nothing else, James wants to make clear that real faith changes the very DNA of a person. It is not something you can put on and take …

Winning the War Within: Part 1

Winning the War Within: Part 1

James 4:1-6 Our English Bibles place an unfortunate chapter break in this week’s text. In our Bibles, it is the start of James Chapter 4, but keep in mind that the original letter written by James had no chapter or verse identifies. It was one continuous line of thought. This helps us as we enter into James 4 to see …