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James 4:4-10

James continues to teach us God’s ways. He emphasizes the difference between the world’s system and God’s system. The difference in loyalty, attitudes, lifestyle, rules, worldview, etc. He urges living according to the law of Christ (1 Corinthians 9:21, Galatians 6:2, James 1:25, and James 2:12). Even though the Psalmist refers to Mosaic Law in Psalm 19, surely the words of Psalm 19:7-11 applies. A few quotes: B1 Hiebert writes (D. Edmond Hiebert, James commentary):…

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James 1:9-15

James continues his letter on topics concerning the Christian lifestyle and principles of God’s kingdom. My translation and notes on James 1:9-15 Believers Should Be Content in Life’s Status 9 Let the brother of humble circumstances rejoice in that he is exalted, [The Greek word for ‘humble circumstances’ is (G5011) ταπεινός tapeinós, which means low to the ground and applied in different ways. Here, it means socioeconomic status, not just financial status. It can be…

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Hebrews 5:11-14

Reading and studying the Scriptures has great benefits, likewise, not reading and studying the Scriptures has great damage. The main issue is a Christian is easier to be deceived if they do not know the truth taught by the Bible. All Christians should be discipled on Bible interpretation, Old Testament and New Testament survey, New Testament doctrine, New Testament worldview, New Testament lifestyle, and New Testament rules. If we truly know and believe the Gospel…

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My translation and notes on Hebrews 13:1-6

The last chapter of Hebrews has many rules for living a Christian life. Here are verses 1-6 My translation and notes on Hebrews 13:1-6 1 Let brotherly love continue. [This love already existed; the writer reminded all readers to continue. The Greek word for ‘brotherly love’ is φιλαδελφία philadelphía (G5360). It means to love with family loyalty. Love is a choice. The actions of love are found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. It is characterized by…

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Ephesians 4:21-30 Translation and Notes

The Christian Life—Continued 21 If youp learned Him and been taught by Him, then, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 Get rid of the former lifestyle, the old nature, which is rotten from deceitful lusts, 23 Instead, be renewed in the spirit of yourp mind. [Believers, upon faith in Christ, have a newly created self—the heart. See 2 Corinthians 5:17. Since that is fact, now is the time to live the traits of that…

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Living a Christian Lifestyle Ephesians 4_17-20

There needs to be a change from before we believe in Christ for salvation and after. Our thinking, our desires, our character traits are different. Paul tells us what we should not be like, because these traits are the traits of unbelievers. Ephesians 4:17-20 17 Therefore, I speak this and bear witness in the Lord, that from now on youp do not live like other Gentiles live, in the emptiness of their mind, [Before being…

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A Few Thoughts About Moderation

Defined: the avoidance of excesses or extremes, esp. in behavior. (Source) Ecclesiastes 7:16-18 MKJV Do not be righteous overmuch, neither make yourself overwise; why destroy yourself? 17 Do not be very wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time? 18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yea, also from this do not withdraw your hand; for he who fears God shall come forth from all…

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1 Year Through the Bible Series—Romans Part F

B7 Teaching about Christian lifestyle 12:1-16:27 C1 Chapter 12 D1 Romans 12 begins with an appeal for us to give our life in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds under Jesus’s rules and lifestyle for us. Most of this chapter and the following give us these rules. E1 Romans 12:1 PickNT Now then, brothers, I exhort you, in view of God’s compassions, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, satisfying to God—your intelligent duty.…

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1 Year Through the Bible Series—Romans Part C+23 Benefits of Salvation

  B4 Teaching about salvation 3:21-5:21 C1 Salvation D1 Not by following Mosaic law, which must a been a difficult thing for religious Jews. E1 Jesus made this clear: John 7:19 NLT Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.” E2 Romans 8:3 NLT The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did…

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James Studies James 4:1-6

D1 Believers Should Know the Difference in Types of Wisdom James 3:13-16  D2 Believers Should Know the Definition of Godly Wisdom James 3:17-18 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​B4 Chapter 4 C1 The Christian life—placing ourselves under God’s authority James 4:1-12 D1 Believers Should Know the Origin of Personal Wars and Arguing James 4:1-3 D2 Believers Should Know Being Friends with World Is Enemy of God James 4:4-6 D3 Believers Should Be Humble and Resist the devil James 4:7-10 D4…

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