November 29, 2020, James 2:1-13, ISSL Reflections, Post 3

Here is this week’s Scripture from the Common English Bible translation –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A1-13&version=CEB VII.The Scriptures we have read during the last months have all, one way or another, focused on how we love, or don’t love, one another. How we put … Continue reading

November 29, 2020, James 2:1-13, ISSL Reflections, Post 2

IV.Here is how this week’s Scripture is translated in The Message –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A1-13&version=MSG James 2:1-13 (The Message) My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an … Continue reading

November 29, 2020, James 2:1-13, ISSL Reflections, Post 1

I.The very first sentence in this week’s Scripture assumes we act with “favoritism.” I guess in some circumstances “favoritism” might be a good way to act, but the passage makes it clear that is not what is in consideration here. … Continue reading

August 30, 2020, James 3:13-18, 5:7-11, Post3, ISSL Reflections

VII.This week we end for now our time with James. This might be a good time to review what James had to say – Scripture for August 2 –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%201%3A19-27&version=NRSV,ESV,MSG Scripture for August 9 –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%201%3A19-27&version=NRSV,ESV,MSG Scripture for August 16 –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%202%3A14-26&version=NIV,CEB,MSG Scripture … Continue reading

August 30, 2020, James 3:13-18; 5:7-11, Post 2 – ISSL Reflections

Let’s go back to the Scriptures for a moment. Here are three translations to consider –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%203%3A13-18%3B%205%3A7-11&version=NRSV,MSG,LEB V.The other day I asked you to consider the two kinds of “wisdom” James speaks of and to note the words or phrases that … Continue reading

August 23, 2020, James 3:1-12 Post 3 ISSL Reflections

How do James’ words catch you today?https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%203%3A1-12&version=NRSV,NASB,PHILLIPS VII.Did you notice how James mentions how we can “tame” so many different animals, For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed … Continue reading

August 16 2020 James 2:14-26 Post 3 ISSL Reflections

You can read several translations of this week’s passage at –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%202%3A14-26&version=NIV,CEB,MSG VII.Let’s look at The Message translation of a couple of sentences. Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but … Continue reading

August 16, 2020, James 2:14-26 – Post 2 – ISSL Reflections

Here are three translations of this week’s passage –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%202%3A14-26&version=NRSV,ESV,NASB IV.We are thinking about James’ claims about faith and works. Last week we heard him stress the importance of moving beyond hearing about “the word” and failing to put into action … Continue reading