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Jesus is coming!

Scripture reading for December 16th: James 1-5

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1:2-4

Not many people like trials.  It takes an act of faith to count being in a trial ‘joy’.  James said we should embrace trials with joy because we know that they develop perseverance.  We need perseverance to grow up and mature.  He was the pastor of the church in Jerusalem that endured many trials and much persecution.

“Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.  Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.  The judge is standing at the door.” James 5:7-9

We also need patience because Jesus is coming.  Farmers regularly must be patient and wait upon God for the needed rains to grow and mature their crops.  The crop of eternal life will be ripe when Jesus comes back.  Grumbling is a sign of impatience.  God will judge those who are impatient and fail to wait.

“Brothers, as an example  of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:10-11)

James is always addressing the “brothers” in an encouraging way, appealing to their past knowledge and understanding as Jewish believers.  They were familiar with the prophets and their suffering–especially Job.   Job suffered patiently and God restored him completely at the end of his trial.

“Is anyone in trouble? He should pray.” (James 5:13a)  James ends his letter with an encouragement to pray when in trials or trouble.  Prayer helps us to persevere and develops patience.  He will answer us today as well!  Jesus is coming!

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Be patient–Jesus is coming!

Scripture reading for December 16th: James 1-5

James was the half-brother of Jesus Christ.  He was known to be the pastor of the church in Jerusalem and full of practical wisdom.  One of his nicknames was “camel knees” because of time spent in prayer.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  (James 1:2-4)  Not many people like trials.  But  James says we should embrace trials with joy, because we know they develop perseverance.  We need perseverance to grow and mature.

“Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he waits for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.  Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.  The judge is standing at the door.” (James 5:7-9)  We need mature faith and patience because Jesus is coming.  Farmers regularly wait upon God for the needed rains to grow and mature their crops.    Grumbling is a sign of impatience.  God will judge those who are impatient and fail to wait.

“Brothers, as an example  of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:10-11)  James is always addressing the “brothers” in an encouraging way, appealing to their past knowledge and understanding as Jewish believers.  They were familiar with the prophets and their suffering–especially Job, the oldest book of the Bible.   Job suffered patiently and God restored him completely at the end of his trial.

“Is anyone in trouble? He should pray.” (James 5:13a)  James ends his letter with an encouragement to pray when in trials or trouble.  Prayer helps us to persevere and develops patience.  Elijah of old prayed and waited on God.  God answered him.  He will answer us today as well!  We must persevere and watch and pray!  Jesus is coming!  The rains mean harvest!  The trials mean more maturity and joy!

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The Judge is At the Door!

Scripture reading for December 17th: James 1-5

James was the half-brother of Jesus and the pastor at the church in Jerusalem.  He was known as a man of prayer and this short letter shows his wisdom.   James is the “Proverbs” of the New Testament with its many wise insights and words of instruction.  James wrote to the Jewish believers of his day to encourage them to stand fast during the trials that they were facing because of false teachers and persecution from embracing Christ as Messiah.

Patience and perseverance are major themes of this book.  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)  Trials are something that Christians can embrace and walk through with faith.  God wastes nothing, and He is building patience into us as we experience trials.  In fact, we learn by experiencing trials that God supplies all of our needs and we lack nothing.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)  James says that God is not the author of trials, but uses them to help us.  When we develop perseverance, we become mature.  At the conclusion, we receive a crown of life!  Eternal life is a great reward worth waiting for.  God has promised this to those who love and obey Him.  (John 3:16)

“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.  Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.  The Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:7-9)  James kept up on the theme of patience.  He felt strongly that Jesus Christ was coming soon.  He knew that complaining and criticism would be judged and impatient people often use their mouths rashly.  James warned them not to grumble but to remember Jesus the coming Judge!  Instead, they should pray about their troubles and confess their sins.  Good advice for us today as the Judge is closer than ever!

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Be Patient; Jesus Is Coming!

Scripture reading for December 16th: James 1-5

James is the half-brother of Jesus Christ.  He was known to be the pastor of the church in Jerusalem and was full of practical wisdom.  One of his nicknames was “camel knees” because of time spent in prayer for his flock.   His letter encourages faith and works that spring from that faith.  He also talks about trials and the need for wisdom and patience.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1:2-4

Not many people like trials and tests.  It takes an act of faith and a deliberate choice to count being in a trial joy.  James says we should embrace trials with joy, because we know that they develop perseverance.  We need perseverance to grow up and mature.  When we are children, we are impatient and unable to wait.  Faith must be tested and God is after our good!

“Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.  Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.  The judge is standing at the door.” James 5:7-9

We need mature faith and patience because Jesus is coming.  Farmers regularly must be patient and wait upon God for the needed rains to grow and mature their crops.  The crop of eternal life will be ripe when Jesus comes back.  We have some need of rainy times to mature us.  Grumbling is a sign of impatience.  God will judge those who are impatient and fail to wait.

“Brothers, as an example  of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:10-11)

James is always addressing the “brothers” in an encouraging way, appealing to their past knowledge and understanding as Jewish believers.  They were familiar with the prophets and their suffering–especially Job, the oldest book of the Bible.   Job suffered patiently and God restored him completely at the end of his trial.

“Is anyone in trouble? He should pray.” (James 5:13a)  James ends his letter with an encouragement to pray when in trials or trouble.  Prayer helps us to persevere and develops patience.  Elijah of old prayed and waited on God.  God answered him.  He will answer us today as well!  We must persevere and watch and pray!  Jesus is coming!  The rains mean harvest!  The trials mean more maturity and joy!

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