August 31, 2018


August 31, 2018


James 1:9-16
This weekend’s reading: Genesis 6:11-22


From The Voice translation:

If you are a brother of humble means, celebrate the fact that God has raised you up. If you are rich and seemingly invincible, savor the humble reality that you are a mere mortal who will vanish like a flower that withers in the field. The sun rises with a blazing heat that dries the earth and causes the flower to wither and fall to the ground and its beauty to fade and die. In the same way, the rich will fall and die in the midst of their busy lives.

Happy is the person who can hold up under the trials of life. At the right time, he’ll know God’s sweet approval and will be crowned with life. As God has promised, the crown awaits all who love Him.

No one who is tempted should ever be confused and say that God is testing him. The One who created us is free from evil and can’t be tempted, so He doesn’t tempt anyone. When a person is carried away with desire, lured by lust, and when desire becomes the focus and takes control, it gives birth to sin. When sin becomes fully grown, it produces death.

My dearly loved brothers and sisters, don’t be misled.


  • What are my areas of weakness where temptation wins more often than it should?


  • What are some ways I am tempted to do bad things?

Lord, we are but dust.  May we live our lives in the knowledge that eternity with you will far outlast any sin or weakness in which we currently struggle.  Amen.