James 1:3 – Authentication and Endurance
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James 1:3 – Authentication and Endurance

…knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. In last week’s installment of our verse-by-verse examination of the book of James, we noted that the author gives us a somewhat counter-intuitive instruction. In the face of trials, we are to “consider it joy”. Consider is a mind word, not a emotion word. James is…

São Luís from Two Decades Ago
São Luís

São Luís from Two Decades Ago

As I’ve mentioned before, I see it as one of my duties to inform the rest of the world about one of Brazil’s best-kept secrets – the city of São Luís. Recently this promotional video from 1999 has surfaced, showing our lovely city as it looked back then. It appears to have been aimed at…

James 1:2 – Turning Into the Spin
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James 1:2 – Turning Into the Spin

When I was a teenager I got a job at a local fast-food restaurant. As we lived out in the country, my parents graciously (perhaps a tad naively) allowed me to use the family car to make the communte. To get to work, I had to navigate a particularly curvy stretch of asphalt known as…

James 1:1 – The Rejoicing Slave
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James 1:1 – The Rejoicing Slave

The following is the first in a series of devotionals I have given at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Wednesday evenings. I will be posting new installments every Monday. Introduction In order to fully understand a book, it helps to know at least a little about the author. What James tells us about himself in…