Wednesday: Friendship With the World
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Read James 4:2-4. Why does James call his readers adulterers and adulteresses? See Jer. 3:6-10, Jer. 3:20; Isa. 54:5; Jer. 2:2; Luke 16:13.

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Alluding to the biblical concept of Israel as God’s bride, James likens believers’ going along with worldly customs and being influenced by worldly attitudes as spiritual adultery. In reality, they are choosing a different master and lord.

The next verse, James 4:5, is not easy to understand. Some have called it the most […]

Can the Dead Talk to Us?
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A Bible student excitedly told me about a movie he saw where someone died and went to heaven where he saw his dead loved ones. When I reminded him about the state of the dead, he told me, “Well maybe they did not actually die. Maybe it was a dream.” He was quite emotional about the movie and told me it had strengthened his faith in God.

What could be wrong with that?

Well, it raises the issue of whether we regard movies as […]

08: The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : It is the love of self that brings unrest. We need the same mind of Jesus that humbled Himself that we might be saved.

[Lesson Plan for The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom October 17. 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read James 3:13-16.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What is the Bible definition of worldly wisdom here? How is Godly wisdom different?
c. Personal Application: How can we […]

Tuesday: Cause of Conflict and Quarrels
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Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? (James 4:1, NKJV; compare Gal. 5:17.) What basic conflict do both of these passages describe?

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The opening verses of James 4 describe believers torn asunder by internal, bitter strife. There is an inward cause of the outward quarrels in the church: the cravings for pleasure (the word in Greek gives us our […]

Monday: Two Kinds of Wisdom
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Read James 3:15-16. What is his description of worldly wisdom? What are the common ways we see this wisdom manifested in the world, or even in the church?

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The wisdom that we have naturally is earthly, even demonic or devilish, and devoid of the Spirit. This should not be too surprising. Long ago, Solomon spoke about the way that seems right as being the way of death (Prov. 14:12, Prov. 16:25, NKJV). This wisdom […]

Sunday: The Meekness of Wisdom
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Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom (James 3:13, ESV). The meekness of wisdom? What might that mean?

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Some commentators think that the entire third chapter of James has to do with what qualifies (or disqualifies) people to be teachers. Naturally, the wise and understanding would seem to be good candidates, but the scope seems to be broader, encompassing the whole […]

Sabbath: The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom
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Read for This Week’s Study: James 3:13-4:10; Deut. 4:6; Gal. 5:17; Jer. 3:6-10, Jer. 3:20; Acts 19:13-16; Ps. 24:3-6.

Memory Text: Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:10, NASB 1995).

In many midsize and larger companies, a middle-manager mentality exists. This attitude happens when workers feel entitled to something they do not yet have: more respect, a higher salary, a more advanced position, and so on. This unhealthy attitude develops over time as […]

Inside Story: The Disobedient Son, Part 1
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Vitaliano had it made. As an officer in the Cuban military, he had a steady job that carried with it a certain amount of respect. He and his wife, Migdalia, had two small children and lived in a modest home. Things were going well, and he had no interest in God or religion.

One day Vitaliano returned from work early and greeted his wife. But his 5-year-old son, Alexey, did not come running to greet him. “Where is Alexey?” […]

Friday: Further Study: Taming the Tongue
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Further Study: Read about the power of speech in Talents, from the book Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 335-339, by Ellen G. White and share the points that impressed you with your Sabbath School class.

“When in the company of those who indulge in foolish talk, it is our duty to change the subject of conversation if possible. By the help of the grace of God we should quietly drop words or introduce a subject that will turn the conversation into […]

07: Taming the Tongue – Hit the Mark
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Today, as I write this week’s thoughts on Taming the Tongue, an assorted group of scientist have successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet. This historic achievement that cost well over 1 billion dollars is part of an ongoing attempt to discover the origins of life. Some hope that contained within the elements gathered by this machine, will be clues to man’s origin. It has to be more than God speaking.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of […]

Thursday: Blessing and Cursing
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Read James 3:9-12. What truth does James illustrate using the fountain, the fig tree, and the grapevine?

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The idea of both blessing and cursing coming out of the mouth of a Christian is disturbing, to say the least. What about watching profanity-laced television programs or movies during the week and attending church on Sabbath to hear the Word of God? What about someone who speaks the truth and […]

Showers of Blessing
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Bring the full tithe into the storehouse,
that there may be food in my house.
And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts,
if I will not open the windows of heaven for you
and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Malachi 3:10 ESV

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I was four-going-on-five when my father died. My oldest sister was married, two others were college age and the one closest to me was 12. Mother […]