On Life & Scripture

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June 24, 2024 39 mins

As it happens, the cure for a fractured heart is anything but law-keeping. According to James, the only cure is the gospel—that is, humbly receiving the grace of God.

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We can readily see how James deals with two distinct issues in James 4:13-5:6, but pride and materialism tie them together.

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We may consider ourselves God-pleasing people, but James says, “I see pride, double-mindedness, and a desperate need for repentance.” Thankfully, God gives greater grace.

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June 3, 2024 38 mins

If anything reveals our double-mindedness and fractured hearts, it is our tongues, speech, and the words we speak. There is a direct connection between the heart and the mouth.

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The greatest danger is knowing about God, accepting Christ and his gospel intellectually, and identifying as a Christian without it transforming our lives.

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Whether it’s a celebrity, winning the championship game, or the breathtaking view at the top of a mountain, our hearts are attracted to glory for better or worse.

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James is trying to show us how to mend our divided hearts and lead us toward singular devotion to God. Where does that start? It starts with the word of God.



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James’s overarching theme is that we become whole and people of integrity. However, James does not instruct us to rely on ourselves. He continually points us to God.



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James may not be the most systematic author of the Bible, but there is a central theme connecting all of his epistle’s various teachings—double-mindedness.

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Jesus said salvation is the end for his disciples, but what about everything before the end? He said it would require endurance.

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Suffering is inevitable. Following Jesus requires trusting in God’s sovereign plan and looking forward to the day when God will make all things new and remove suffering forever.

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What should we do to be good stewards of our money and possessions? How do we honor and glorify God with our wealth? How do we follow Jesus with what we own?

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March 18, 2024 38 mins
How are we supposed to feel about our occupations? How do Jesus and the gospel shape our perspective and approach to work?

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To follow Jesus is to be a fisher of men. It requires we love people enough to warn them about the wrath to come and share with them the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.

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March 11, 2024 34 mins
How do we know the Lord’s will for us? How can we follow Jesus if we don’t know what he wants for us? What does the Bible tell us about his will?

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February 26, 2024 37 mins

Following Christ is a process of growth. It’s spiritual growth, growth in our understanding, growth in our conviction, growth in our maturity, and growth in wisdom.

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February 19, 2024 37 mins

Come as you are, but don’t expect to stay that way. Justification explains how we are declared holy. Sanctification explains how we become holy.

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February 12, 2024 34 mins

Following his death and ascension into heaven, the disciples had to learn to follow Christ when Christ wasn’t with them. The same is true for us.

A book referenced in this episode: Following Jesus by Andrew Randall

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February 6, 2024 37 mins

On the one hand, prayer is one of the easiest things we can do. We simply speak to God our Father. On the other hand, prayer can be a struggle for us. Why?

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The New Testament assumes every believer will want to join the family of God in the local church. In Scripture, the idea of an “individual” Christian is entirely foreign.

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