July 31, 2018

In yesterday’s verse, James said that mankind can tame every kind of beast, bird, reptile, and sea creature.  Today he will finish that statement…

but no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  (James 3:8)

Imagine if we had tongue...

July 30, 2018

James 3:7-8 are two verses that need to go together to get the big picture of the passage.  Therefore, I will reserve for tomorrow my commentary on what James is saying about the tongue.  For today, I will point out one simple thing based on verse 7…

For every kind...

July 29, 2018

James likens the tongue to a small fire that creates a huge forest fire…

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.  The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.  (James 3:6)

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July 28, 2018

The tongue is a small instrument that holds great power to direct either for good or for bad.  James likens it to the bit that directs the powerful horse, and the rudder that directs the big ship.  If used appropriately, the rudder can guide the ship safely across the...

July 27, 2018

James has been talking about the importance of controlling the tongue.  In yesterday’s verse, he used the analogy of the bits that are placed into the mouths of horses that are used to control their whole bodies.  In today’s verse, he uses a second illustration…

Lo...

July 26, 2018

In verse 2, James indicated that if we can bridle our tongue, we can bridle our whole body.  In verse 3, he likens it to the bits that are put into the mouths of horses…

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well....

July 25, 2018

On this summer Journey in James, our theme is Faith in Action!  In James 3:2, he notes the relationship between words and actions…

For we all stumble in many ways.  And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body....

July 24, 2018

This is Day #54 in our Journey in James called Faith in Action!  There are 108 verses in James, which means we have reached the half-way point of our summer series.  Today we begin Chapter 3, and a very important discussion on the power of the tongue…

Not many of you sh...

July 23, 2018

This is our thirteenth and final day on the section in James 2 regarding faith and works.  Here is James’ summary of the situation…

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.  (James 2:26)

As we said two days ago, the writings...

July 22, 2018

James used two examples from the Old Testament to illustrate the role of works in a person’s faith.  The first one was Abraham.  The second one was Rahab…

And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and...

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