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Hopeful Endurance (6 of 6)
Series: The Book of James - Faith Does
We've been taking the past seven weeks or so to walk through the book of James. And we've been saying every week that James gives us this beautiful vision of a life of integrity. In other words, here's what life could look like if we were able to bring unity between what we believe and the way we actually live.
So he talked about how faith changes the way we handle pain and disappointment. He talked about how faith changes the way we favor some people and devalue others. How faith changes how we communicate with people. How it helps us experience this ''Copernican Revolution'' of the soul, where we stop putting ourselves at the center of the universe, and our relationships begin to heal. And then last week, Pastor Ted showed us what James has to say about financial justice-how we can use our money either to indulge ourselves, or to help create a more just world.
So today we wrap up the series. So let's read the last section of the letter-James chapter 5, verses 7 through 20:
7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. 9 Don't grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple ''Yes'' or ''No.'' Otherwise you will be condemned.
13 I ...
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