James 1:3-The Purpose of Trials

       James 1:3, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”  Knowing in Greek is ginosko which means to know by experience.  Trying in Greek is dokimion which speaks of a test by which something is proved or tried.  Patience in Greek is hupomone which means endurance toward things or circumstances.  Worketh in […]

The People In The Bible Are Real Like You And Me

        Too often we forget that the people in the Bible were real people like you and me.  We see them as superheroes or fictional characters, who somehow were better, stronger and were far above our capacity.  What we fail to see is their struggles and their weaknesses.  We fail to look at the times […]

The Immutability of God

       James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”  Variableness in Greek is parallage which means variation or change.  Shadow is aposkiasma which means a shade cast from one object to another or a […]

Ruth: A Life Lived For God Has A Big Impact

       Ruth 1:3-4, “And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.  And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.”  Ruth was not even Jewish, she was from […]

James Introduction Verses 1:1-2 -How to Think in a Trial

       The book of James was written by James the older, half brother of Jesus.  James is listed in a list of Jesus’ brothers in Matthew 13:55, “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?”  The Epistle of James is the […]

Deep Bible Study Is For Everyone Not Just Leaders

       Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  One thing is very clear from reading the Bible.  Scripture is important to our […]