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10/10/2017 James 1.22-27


       Are “law” and “liberty” contradictions  ...doesn't it seem like "law" and "liberty" don't belong in the same phrase? Isn't  'law' restrictive and 'liberty' freeing?

       James' meaning is that within God's perfect "law of liberty" we are indeed free. God's laws are for our own good. Think of them as boundary conditions - similar to the parameters you put around your children, within which they were free to be, to play and explore.

      Paul wrote 

   "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2Cor 3.17), and, 

   "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Gal 5.1)  

       And the Psalmist wrote, 

   "I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." [Precepts - general rules intended to regulate behavior or thought.] (Psalm 119.45)

 

      Also, James again mentions bridling our "tongues." You have noticed how often our tongues get us into hot water, haven't you? 


       This week we'll begin with James 2.1 and consider what he has to say about partiality and favoritism among people - who are all created in the image of God...


       Oh, and how many speeding tickets does it take to ruin a perfect driving record? Or how many holes in the hull to sink a ship?


      Recently read: "God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?"

               

10/3/2017 James 1.19-21


      What makes you angry?  ...James addressed that question by saying that "the wrath (anger) of man does not produce the righteousness that God desires."


      That began a great discussion! Especially since anger is an emotion and we are emotional creatures... 

 

      It's probably not the emotion that James is cautioning about, rather how we allow it to play out. You know what I mean... do we in anger curse our fellow man - who by the way is created in the image God? Do we allow our emotion to overcome our good sense? Do we have to go back and apologize for our angry outbursts? Are we embarrassed or ashamed of our conduct when we are angry?


      And, similar to last week's question, how do we account for something making me incredibly angry and the very same thing not even bothering someone else?


     Those who lose their temper give people a wrong impression about Christianity. Is it still true that "he who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city"? (Prov. 16:32)..


       We'll begin this week with "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1.22)  Do what?


       And what exactly is religion???


      Recently read: "I don't know why some people change churches;  What difference does it make which one you stay home from?"

September 2017


9/12/2017 - Restart the new school year…

9/19/2017 James Intro

9/26/2017 James 1.13-18

Sept 2016 - June 2017

I have been very remiss in not keeping the web site up to date this last school year (9/2016 - 6/2017)… during which we studied the book of Acts and then 1Peter.

6/7/16 • Ezra Stanton

     For our last session before summer break we had a guest teacher, Ezra Stanton. Ezra has planted a church, Mission Church in the Cineplex in Round Rock.

     Ezra taught from Colossians 2.6-10 - and he was terrific!!! 

     We will now be on break for the summer, reconveening on September 13th.

May 2016

5/31/16 • 1 Timothy 6; 2 Timothy 4.6-18; Titus 3

5/24/16 • 1Timothy 5;  2Tim 4.1-5;  Titus 2

5/17/16 • 1Tim 4;  2Tim 3

5/10/16 • 1Tim 3,  2Tim 2.22-26,  Titus 1.5-16

5/3/16 • 1Tim2,  2Tim2.8-21

April 2016

4/26/16 • 1Tim1, 2Tim1-2.7, Titus1.1-4

Romans Review

Romans 15.14 - 16.27  •  4/12/16

Romans 14 -15.13   •   4/5/16

March 2016

      Romans 13 revisit & our Culture & Does God redeem everything?    • 3/29/16 

      Romans 13 • 3/22/16      

      Romans 11 & 12  • 3/15/16

      Romans 9.17 - 10.21 • 3/8/16

      Romans 9.1 - 9.16 • 3/1/16

February 2016 • Romans 5 - 8

Romans 8

Romans 6 - 8 notes & illustrations

Romans 5  •  2/2/16



January 2016 • Romans 1 - 4

Romans 4  •  1/26/16

Romans 3.21-31  •  1/19/16

Romans 3.1-20  •  1/12/16

Romans 1 - 2  •  11/17/2015  to 1/5/2016