Studies in James and 1 & 2 Peter

The posts listed here are studies in the books of James and 1 & 2 Peter.

  • James - Studies from the letter of James
    • Joyful in Trials – James 1:2-4 - August 28, 2013 - Trials, difficulties, challenges, confrontations, IRS audits, economic meltdown, out of control kids, unemployment, persecution, etc., etc., etc..  None of us are immune to the difficulties…
    • Finding Joy in Difficulties – James 1:2-4 - August 26, 2017 - Next time you find yourself facing challenges or difficulties, rather than complain and/or give up; persevere, and be thankful for how God can use them…
    • Temptation – James 1:13-15 - September 7, 2013 - Temptation: being attracted or enticed to pursue some course of action or thought. Generally we use it in a negative way; being enticed to do…
    • Temptation: Enticed by Desire – James 1:14-15 - October 19, 2020 - When are tempted when enticed by our desire. The problem comes when we succumb to that temptation and sin. And that can lead to death.
    • Be Doers of the Word, Putting it into Practice – James 1:22-25 - September 30, 2019 - When you read the Bible, how do you respond? James challenges us to be doers of the word,not merely hearers. To put into practice what…
    • Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment – James 2:12-13 - May 25, 2020 - While it is natural to show preferential treatment to some people, James warns us against that. Show mercy instead. Because mercy triumphs over judgement.
    • A Living Faith – James 2:14 - August 27, 2017 - Does your faith in Christ prompt you to give to the needy, to care for the down and out, or to comfort those experiencing loss…
    • Faith Without Works is Dead – James 2:17 - October 14, 2019 - James calls on us to test our faith. Is it active and fruitful? Or is it only an intellectual acknowledgement. Faith without works is dead…
    • The Incredible Power of Words – James 3:1-12 - September 21, 2013 - Words sometimes come too easy to us. But there is power in our words. The power to build another up. Or to tear them down.…
    • Blessing and Cursing – James 3:9-10 - August 28, 2017 - James has a lot to say about the tongue, and most of it is not very good. It is amazing how much trouble that little…
    • Conflicts in the Body – James 4:1-10 - September 30, 2013 - Churches fight. It is unfortunate, but true. If you have been involved with a church more than a few years, you have probably experienced conflict…
    • Failure to do Good – James 4:17 - August 29, 2017 - Sin! As Christians we know that sin is bad and we should avoid it. But how often are we guilty of thinking of sin as…
    • Powerful and Effective Prayer – James 5:16 - August 30, 2017 - If I am striving for personal holiness, and I am praying for others, I should expect that my prayer would be effective; that it will…
  • 1 Peter - Studies from Peter's first letter
    • A Living Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-9 - January 18, 2013 - The end result of faith is the salvation of my soul, the "me" that inhabits the shell I walk around in now.  I find it…
    • Be Holy – 1 Peter 1:13-16 - October 22, 2012 - Being holy in the midst of a world that has little interest in the things of God can be challenging.  Being holy instead of following…
    • With Minds Fully Alert and Sober – 1 Peter 1:13 - September 21, 2020 - Peter tells us to hope, not just with our hearts, but also with minds that are fully alert and sober. Plumb the depths of our…
    • A Call to Holiness – 1 Peter 1:15 - August 31, 2017 - When we are called to be holy, it is a call to be set apart for God's use; not to be like everyone else around…
    • This World Is Not My Home – 1 Peter 1:17 - March 2, 2020 - As believers, we are foreigners here, this world is not our home. As we live out the few years of our lives here, we should…
    • Living a Life of Love – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 - February 1, 2013 - Love!  Just a simple little word.  And a word that is used so easily in our society; and for so many purposes.  I love Lord…
    • Craving Pure Spiritual Milk -1 Peter 2:2 - April 6, 2020 - How important is God's word in your life? Peter instructs us to crave it as pure spiritual milk. Only when we consume it will we…
    • A Royal Priesthood – 1 Peter 2:4-10 - February 21, 2013 - 4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones,…
    • Waging War on Desire – 1 Peter 2:11 - September 1, 2017 - In Ephesians 6:10-17 Paul talks about the spiritual warfare that we are engaged in, urging us to put on the armor God has provided. In…
    • Honor the Emperor – 1 Peter 2:14-17 - March 1, 2013 - 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are…
    • Responding to Insult – 1 Peter 2:18-25 - March 7, 2013 - Have you ever been insulted?  I would guess that you have.  You might have been insulted because of your physical appearance, your gender, your age,…
    • Always Be Prepared – 1 Peter 3:15-16 - September 2, 2017 - Peter is assuming that someone else has initiated the conversation, asking about the hope I have in Christ, likely because they see something different in…
    • Love Deeply – 1 Peter 4:8 - September 3, 2017 - The more we love, the less likely the differences in our personalities and ways of doing things will be to divide us. Instead, we will…
    • Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace – 1 Peter 4:10 - October 26, 2020 - God's grace is given to us in the spiritual gifts he has entrusted us with. We need to be faithful stewards of God's grace.
    • Like a Roaring Lion – 1 Peter 5:8-9 - September 4, 2017 - Peter pictures Satan as a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Belief in a personal devil, Satan, is often given lip service, but do…

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