Prayer is not a “cosmic gimme list.” God is our Heavenly Father and he knows what is best for us so we pray trusting in His great wisdom and power. James tells us to pray for one another. Not only do we appeal to God’s care, intercessory prayer inclines our hearts to each other. Come learn about prayer in our final lesson from “James the Brother of Jesus Speaks.”
“Lord, give me patience and give it to me NOW!” No one likes to wait and so we have microwave ovens and Minute Rice, but patience is such an important virtue. It takes time for love to mature. It takes time for relationships to develop. It takes time for friendships to yield fruit. In this lesson, James encourages us to become patient. Won’t you join us?
How much is enough? If you ask most Americans, “How much money would you need to be happy?” The answer is almost always, “Twice as much as I am making now.” In this week’s lesson, James the brother of Jesus warns the rich (that includes most of us according to the world’s standards) to be very careful. Come learn to be happy!
There’s a wonderful, old adage that pronounces: “If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.” It’s easy to leave God out of our planning. We act as if we are in control. James the brother of Jesus teaches us the proper way to plan in this lesson on James 4:13 - 17.
We often get our priorities backwards and make a mess of our lives — no matter how good our intensions. James, the brother of Jesus, told us to “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Unfortunately, we try to resist the devil first and then submit to God, but that is impossible. Without the Lord’s strength, we are doomed to failure. The real power for change and triumph comes from submission to God. Come learn why in this week’s lesson “Submitting to God.”
There are two kinds of wisdom. There is a worldly wisdom and there is a wisdom from above. Someone who is wise in the ways of the world, probably isn’t wise in God’s eyes. James the brother of Jesus wrote: "the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:17 - 18) Join us to learn about heavenly wisdom!
Grandma pointed out, “You have two ears and one mouth, so you should listen twice as much as you talk!” That’s great advice since it seems our mouths get us into so much trouble. In this lesson, James the brother of Jesus, warns us to be careful how we use our speech and he gives us some practical advice on “Tongue Taming.” Join us!
It’s easy to make judgments — false judgments — about people. James the brother of Jesus warns us not to judge by appearances alone. But, if that is true, how should we make decisions? Join us to find the answer!
What is “true religion”? Some people think religion is about prescribed rituals performed in exact ways. The right words said at the right time accompanied by elaborate ceremonies all surrounded by pomp and circumstance is the heart of true religion. “No so!” Says James the brother of Jesus in his little book. “Religion that is pure and undefiled is this …” Join us to listen to James this week!
What do you see when you look into the mirror? Some people simply admire themselves, but others use the mirror to motivate them to improve. In this class, James tells us the Bible is a mirror. How will you use it?
So many things conspire to make us angry: depersonalization, selfishness, circumstances. Ours is an angry age, but James the Brother of Jesus gives us some helpful advice about how to overcome anger. Join us this week as we continue our study of “James the Brother of Jesus Speaks.”
Twin forces conspire to ruin the Christian: trials — our external struggles, and temptations — the desires of the heart. This week, in lesson 2, James teaches us how to deal with both. Join us!
How do you find the strength to go on when life has become so dark? James, the brother of Jesus, encourages us to thrive in the face of adversity. This first lesson in the series is based on John McKeel’s book: James the Brother of Jesus Speaks.