by Jerry Watts

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Series: How to Do Life
Jerry Watts
James 1:8

• One day a man was asked if he thought ignorance and apathy played a part in the condition of our culture today. He responded, "I don't know and don't care."
• This past week I read this story; two men who lived in a small village got into a terrible dispute that they could not resolve. So they decided to talk to the town judge. The first man went to the judge's home and told his version of what happened. When he finished, the judge said, "You're absolutely right." The next night, the second man called on the judge and told his side of the story. The judge responded, "You're absolutely right." Afterward, the judge's wife scolded her husband. "Those men told you two different stories and you told them they were absolutely right. That's impossible -- they can't both be absolutely right." The judge turned to his wife and said, "You're absolutely right!
• Our text simply says, "An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways." The KJV calls him a "double-minded" man. The Greek language would order this thought a bit differently; "The man double-minded is unstable in ways (that are) his." It seems to me that this verse contains a lesson which seemingly hits too close to home within the Americanize church because, after reading through dozen of messages and sifting through hundreds of resources, I found NOT ONE message focusing on the truth of this verse. Yet, in America today, the church who wears the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, is supposed to be His arm in this world, and is supposed to be able to overcome hell itself, is seen in large measure by this culture to be a relic from the past which has little power and influence. Why is that?
• Not caring to be overly simplistic, I began studying this verse and believe we can discover at least one of the reasons for this phenomenon. Let us dissect this verse, allowing the chips to fall where they may, and the conviction of God to fall whe ...

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