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Consider a devotional study of the book of James. Read James 2 and then listen to the well done audio messages by Pastor Keith Krell. If you have a 20-30 commute one way you can listen to the full message in your round trip instead of listening to the traffic (assuming you have an Mp3 device such as an Ipod). I had never heard of Pastor Krell either, but his messages are sound, and sufficiently in depth to aid your assimilation of the pithy passages in James. This week we will listen to two messages on James 2 (which means you would have read through this chapter at least 2 times by week's end. Consider keeping a notebook to record what the Spirit speaks to you through the Word of Truth)...

James 2:1-13 Know Mercy
James 2:14-26 Working Hard or Hardly Working

If you would like more exposition on James, Pastor Steven Cole's written messages (Pdf) are excellent and end with several discussion questions to allow you to apply what you have learned. Enjoy! And be edified and equipped!

James 2:1-7 Why Partiality is Wrong - 1

James 2:8-13 Why Partiality is Wrong - 2

James 2:14-19 Saving Faith: Genuine or False?

James 2:20-26 Are We Justified by Works?


Walking in (by) the Spirit?

Mystical? Mysterious? Something possible for only a few select "super saints"? Can this really be my experience? What does it mean practically?  The short answer is God commands us to walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16-note) and what He commands, He always enables, providing the desire and power (Php 2:3-note). In light of His promises which never fail (2Cor 1:20), you are encouraged to set aside some time and with a humble, tender, teachable heart, to prayerfully study the resources below. If your heart's desire is to experientially walk by the Spirit, it is my prayer that our Father would use these resources (all firmly grounded on His Word which is truth and life) to help you move toward that God glorifying goal, a goal which is clearly in His will and therefore a prayer request which He will answer affirmatively (1John 5:14, 15). Ultimately as we walk in the Spirit, others will see our supernatural good works on earth and will be led to render a proper opinion of the supernatural authenticity and veracity of our Father Who is in heaven (one of a saint's major life privileges and purposes - Mt 5:16-note). The Spirit controlled (supernatural) life is not a program but a Person (Ro 8:9-note) living in saints who are ever learning to walk by faith, in the light of sound doctrine and in continual surrender and obedience to that truth. Our Lord's desire for each of His children is abundant life, for He Himself declared "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly (to the full, in all its fullness)" (John 10:10b). Beloved, may our Father grant each of us His desire and His power that we might walk by His Spirit and experience the abundant life in His Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Here are the resources...

As a background, read slowly and meditatively through the entire letter to the Galatians several times in several versions (NAS, NIV, NLT, ESV, Amplified available here) to help understand the context of  Paul's practical teaching in Galatians 5. Then you will "glean and graze" more profitably in the following resources...not as a passive hearer but an effectual doer - Do this as a month long (or longer) devotional exercise; take notes; meditate on and pray over the truth the Spirit illuminates; re-read Paul's letter to the Galatians; then walk out in the victorious life made possible by our Savior's victory at Calvary!

John Piper Mp3- Walk by the Spirit! Audio is better than just reading the transcript
Ray Stedman Mp3 - Legalism - excellent on how not to walk by the Spirit
J Vernon McGee Mp3 - Gal 5:16,
5:16; 5:17; 5:18-21; 5:22-23; 5:24-26
S Lewis Johnson - Life by the Spirit - Mp3 (Pdf)
Dan Duncan Mp3 -
Galatians 5:16-26
Verse by verse notes Galatians 5:16-26 - After you've pondered the principles for yourself. Galatians 5:16; 5:17; 5:18; 5:19; 5:20; 5:21; 5:225:23; 5:24; 5:25; 5:26

Are You a Believer
Living a Life Like Jonah?

Then I highly recommend Dr Warren Wiersbe's pithy, penetrating messages on this book

Jonah 1 Commentary
Jonah 2 Commentary
Jonah 3 Commentary
Jonah 4 Commentary

DOWNLOAD InstaVerse for free. It is an easy to install and simple to use Bible Verse pop up tool that allows you to read cross references in context and in the Version you prefer. Only the  KJV is free with this download but you can also download a free copy of Bible Explorer which in turn offers free Bibles that work with InstaVerse, including  the excellent, literal translation, the English Standard Version (ESV). Other popular versions are available for purchase. When you hold the mouse pointer over a Scripture reference anywhere on the Web (as well as offline in Word for Windows, email, etc) the passage pops up immediately. InstaVerse can be disabled if the popups become distractive. This utility really does work and makes it easy to read the actual passage in context and not just the chapter and verse reference.


DISCLAIMER: Before you "go to the commentaries" go to the Scriptures and study them inductively (Click here for 3 part overview of how to do Inductive Bible Study) in dependence on your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus promised would guide us into all the truth (John 16:13). Remember that Scripture is always the best commentary on Scripture. Any commentary, even those by the most conservative and orthodox teacher/preachers cannot help but have at least some bias of the expositor based upon his training and experience. Therefore the inclusion of specific links does not indicate that we agree with every comment. We have made a sincere effort to select only the most conservative, "bibliocentric" commentaries. Should you discover some commentary or sermon you feel may not be orthodox, please email your concern. I have removed several links in response to concerns by discerning readers. I recommend that your priority be a steady intake of solid Biblical food so that with practice you will have your spiritual senses trained to discern good from evil (He 5:14-note).


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Last Updated February 21, 2015