James 2:10-11 – But Officer…
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James 2:10-11 – But Officer…

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.Did Imagine with me a hypothetical…

Repenting of Our Sins to Big Brother
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Repenting of Our Sins to Big Brother

I feel I should begin this post by saying that I do not watch the steaming sewage pipeline that is Big Brother Brazil, one of Brazilian TV’s most popular programs. I have much better things to do with my time. Like getting a root canal, for example. For those unfamiliar with the Big Brother TV…

James 2:8-9 – One of Those Royal Laws
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James 2:8-9 – One of Those Royal Laws

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. The story is told of a small town mayor here in Northeast Brazil who wanted to build a…

Jezebel Waiting in the Wings
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Jezebel Waiting in the Wings

The following was inspired by this tweet, and the kerfuffle that erupted around it. From: The Elders of the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel To: The Prophet Elijah Dear Elijah, The purpose of this letter is to express our dismay at the harsh condemnations you have directed of late towards the person of Her Royal…

Play Pagan Games, Win Pagan Prizes
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Play Pagan Games, Win Pagan Prizes

I’ve long contended that God has a biting sense of humor. The plagues of Egypt, the talking donkey, Christ’s hilarious jabs at the Pharisees – all represent some pretty high comedy in the pages of Scripture. But even I could not have predicted the exquisite timing of the “divine comedy” that unfolded last week. I…

James 2:1 – How Not to Build a Cathedral
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James 2:1 – How Not to Build a Cathedral

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. Some of the most interesting places to visit in the four-hundred-year-old city of São Luís – where God has given us the privilege of ministering – are the old churches built by the Portuguese during colonial times….