Trust in Money

Don DeYoung

READ : James 5:1-6 United States’ currency declares “In God We Trust.” God is not fooled. Across our sky he writes, “In Money you trust.” Ask yourself, “What or who makes me feel safe and secure?” Jesus pointed out the fork in the road, two ways of mutually exclusive loves, God or Money (Mammon). In 1 Timothy 6:10 Paul underlines the same issue when he says, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” (nrsv). James …

Only God Has The Final Say

Don DeYoung

READ : James 4:11-17 Are we not more than a little arrogant in the way we talk about the future? Is not much of our casual speech about our plans a stunning indictment of our self will? “See you tomorrow.” “Next week we are going to do so and so.” “As soon I retire I am going to move to the South.” James reminds us that imposing our wills on the future is a fragile and precarious activity precisely because …

Submission Precedes Subduing

Don DeYoung

READ : James 4:7-10 Fantasies about engaging Satan in combat, causing him defeat and humiliation, are more pitiful than pious. James makes it clear that our first order of business as Christians is to be totally submissive to God. That is safer by far than imagining ourselves in gallant hand-to-hand combat with the Evil One. Having all of God and nothing of self is the best protection in spiritual conflict. We must live in submission to God who alone subdues …

"A Life Out of Alignment"

Don DeYoung

READ : James 4:1-6 A threadbare life demonstrates the same need as my front left tire which, by the way, blew out! My negligent maintenance resulted in uneven tire wear. My tires wore unevenly because I neglected them. Now I pay attention to things like alignments so that my tires will last longer and be safer. But, letting my life become threadbare is much more dangerous. Greedy, grasping and seeking satisfaction in “more and more” stuff are the symptoms of …

The Wisdom Twins Oppose Each Other

Don DeYoung

READ : James 3:13-18 One wisdom comes from above humble, gentle, and good. From the earth’s side comes the opposite bitter, envious and driven by selfish ambition. The grace of the one stands in stark contrast to the greed of the other. A woman traveling in India dreamed that she was to ask for a gift from a beggar. She made her request to an old man. Reaching into his gunnysack he pulled out a very stunning gift, a diamond …

Words?Scald or Freeze?

Don DeYoung

READ : James 3:1-12 If the eye is the window of the soul, then the tongue is a flowing fountain. Consistency in tongue use is James’ focus today. Inconsistent and wildly fluctuating speech keeps others guessing. Through intimidating outbursts of anger and rage, family and friends feel intimidated. We should find it impossible for the same mouth to produce both fresh and brackish water. The old nature out of fear seeks to control others. The new nature in Christ out …