Monday, July 31, 2017

James Week 10 James 5: 13-20









We finish up our study on James with some encouraging words about prayer and standing in the gap.




Study Questions Week 10


  1. When you don't feel like yourself, what is generally your first response? Do you start with prayer, rest, food, lashing out at others? 
    1. When you encounter others that are not acting like themselves what is your initial thought? How do you think your relationships would be different if you began those interactions with prayers? Prayers for understanding for yourself and peace for the other person?
  2. When you are happy, do you ever try to keep it to yourself because you don't want to celebrate while others around you are struggling? Can focusing our happiness towards God with praise and worship change how we view sharing those moments? 
    1. God is the source of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). How can this verse help shape your worship and praise? 
    2. Take some time this week to praise God for some good gifts, which are present even if you are in the midst of a struggle.
  3. Do you have a sticky sin, one that you've confessed but you're still seeking forgiveness? Beth Moore said that when we are reminded of sins that we've already confessed, that's an opportunity to instead of asking for something we've already been given, forgiveness, to instead praise God with a simple "Thank you, Lord, for forgiving that sin." We can turn our negative self talk into worship with that simple statement.
    1. If you have a sin that is exceptionally sticky, find someone in the faith that you trust that you can confess to. Let them know that you would like to get together to discuss your faith and that you have something that needs to be confessed. Make sure that where you meet provides you with enough security and anonymity that you are not concerned about others overhearing.
  4. Elijah was a great man of prayer. What area of your life would you like to see God take over and show His power? Take some time to discuss it with God and see what happens.
  5. Weekly Challenge: Our challenge this week is to pray. Pray for ourselves, others, those that are in trouble, those that are happy, those that are sick and those that are in need of confession.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

James Week 9 James 5: 1-12



In the first part of chapter 5 James talks about money and some relationship pitfalls we have with it. We’ll also be talking about patience in suffering.





Study Questions Week 9


  1. Do you ever consider yourself wealthy? Even poverty in the United States is a higher quality of life that many other areas of the world (You can check out this article from Forbes for some information on that.) Are you using your wealth to please yourself or to please God? 
  2. What is one change in your buying habits that you can make to ensure that those that helped create it are getting a fair wage? There are buzz words for products such as "Fair Trade" but ones that I've found even more useful are "Locally grown" or "I know a guy who does that." 
  3. Patience is not an easy gift to receive. Do you practice active waiting? Active waiting is when you ask God for an answer to a solution and you continue to praise Him and serve where and how you are. Try active waiting this week and see if it helps you build up your patience. 
  4. Let your yes and no stand alone. James says that we will be condemned. The word used for condemned is also translated "hypocrisy" in other passages. How can you remove yourself from hypocrisy? Are you tempted to give answers beyond yes and no? What can you do to prevent yourself from saying one thing but doing another?
  5. Weekly Challenge: Read the story of the two sons in Matthew 21:28-32 and to discern which son you are and which son God desires you to be.



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Monday, July 17, 2017

James Week 8 James 4: 11-17



We look at judgement and boasting this week.






Study Questions for Week 8:


  1. In verse 11, James tells us not to slander one another. Do you struggle with gossip? What is one change you can make to your day that help reduce your access to gossip?
  2. When you are tempted to judge is it to tear the person down or to help lift them up? What does judgment to lift someone up look like? Take some time and think about how you can use your knowledge of someone to help them.
  3. Do you like making plans? Are you one of those people that enjoy organizing and getting things ready for tomorrow? How can you invite God into those plans?
    1. Are you a worrier? Do you worry about what tomorrow will hold? What steps can you take to give that worry back to God?
  4. Verse 17 says if we know what to do and don't do it, then it's sin. What's something that you've been putting off doing for awhile? What can you do today to stop procrastinating?
  5. Weekly Challenge: Take some time and write down your desires for your future. As many of them as you can think of. Then take that piece of paper and burn it. As your plans turn to ash dedicate your future to God, ask him to bring his desires into those ashes and make them whole. 



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Thursday, July 13, 2017



This Thursday, I've heard a lot of sad news but I want to remember some of the good stuff going on.

I'm thankful that Joel and I will be celebrating sixteen years of marriage tomorrow! That's unbelievable in so many ways. I'm excited to see what the next sixteen hold.

I'm thankful that my daughter is a logical thinker and tends to act after thinking.

I'm thankful that we're starting a new business venture. I can't wait to see what type of treats we come up with!

I'm thankful for a mostly clean house and the ability to help it get even cleaner today.

I'm thankful for birthdays, especially when they're the birthdays of people I love.

What are you thankful for today?


Sunday, July 9, 2017

James Week 7 James 4: 1-10


Week 7! This week, James takes another look at why we don't get what we want.





Study Questions for Week 7:


  1. James says in verse 2 that we desire but don't have so we kill. Do you see others as competition? Does jealousy mark your relationship with those that have things that you desire for yourself?
    1. How can you start to see the relationship differently if you were to see others as fellow travelers instead of competition?
  2. James calls us adulterous people. Have you ever thought of your relationship with God to be like a marriage? If so, are you being faithful to Him or are you walking out every now and then?
    1. What small things do you seek from the world instead of God? Can God provide you with those small things?
    2. What is one area of your life that you can give up looking for answers in the world and turn to God instead?
  3. In verse 7 we are called to submit ourselves to God. We talked about Godly wisdom being submissive last week. Is submission something that you struggle with? 
    1. What is one way that you can submit to God this week?
  4. James shows us that relying on God involves: submission, washing our hands, purifying our hearts, grieving, mourning, wailing, and humbling ourselves. Can you think of a time that you have experienced these actions? Have they brought you closer to God?
    1. None of them can be faked, each is an effect of the first, submission. If you struggle with submission then all the rest will difficult if not impossible to truly experience. 
  5. Weekly Challenge: Take a day and fast. In that fasting, see what God has to say about your desires, ambitions, and motives. If you discover something that is married to the world, take time to humble yourself, resist the devil, wash your hands, purify your hearts, grieve, mourn, wail, and humble yourself so that you may be lifted up.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

James Week 6 James 3: 13-18

Welcome to Week 6!! This week we take a look at different types of wisdom and what types of fruit they produce.






Study Questions for Week 6:


  1. Where is your work rooted? Is it rooted in Godly wisdom or worldly wisdom?
    1. Take a moment to take an inventory of the fruit that your work is producing lately. What areas are going well and which areas could use some work? 
  2. Have you ever struggled with selfish ambition or a bitter envy? James says that those are related to the type of wisdom we are pursuing. Proverbs 4: 20-27 gives us some ways to combat those struggles.  
    1. What areas from the Proverbs 4 passage stick out to you and how can you put them into practice?
  3. James has a list of attributes of Godly wisdom in verse 17. 
    1. Are any of them things that you want more of in your life? Which ones and why?
    2. Are any of them things that you struggle with? Take some time to explore which ones you wrinkle your nose at and ask God to show you why.
  4. Verse 18 says Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. What do you think is the difference between a peacemaker and a peacekeeper?
    1. Which one describes you? Are you willing to make peace or are you just trying to keep things where they are?
  5. Week 6 Challenge: Ask God for wisdom and then be on the look out for the areas that James says are evident when we have Godly wisdom.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thankful Thursday!!




This week I'm thankful that last week is over! Oh my word! What a long and fun filled week it was but that doesn't mean that my butt isn't still dragging.

I'm thankful that even though my house is a mess, I have the opportunity to get it clean and tidy today.

I'm thankful for an amazing husband that listens to all my crazy dreams and occasionally entertains one or two of them.

I'm thankful for a daughter that doesn't keep everything to herself.

I'm thankful for work that provides purpose as well as free time. I love the freedom that I've been given to write and share about the gospel online as well as the ability to continue to care for my family and our home.

I'm thankful for the ability to pray and the honor to do that for dear friends and family and those that we connect with in this world.

What are you thankful for today?