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Archives: "Today's Little Lift"
  • “Judgment is without mercy…” The phrase is taken straight from the Bible. If you have followed this series, you know it is located in James 2.13. Before going further into this message, I want you to think briefly about the prospect of judgment, namely God’s final judgment of all mankind, and that…
    March 19, 2020
  • “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2.12-13). The groundwork for understanding this passage has been laid in the previous 20 installments. The problem with this text is not the text;…
    March 18, 2020
  • Alliteration is sometimes a game with me. I try to see how many relevant phrases I can string together, all beginning with the same sound or letter and making some degree of sense. Wednesday Wisdom is an example. In the past I have written Friday Flyers as well as Monday Miscellany. This is the first of subsequent Wednesday’s…
    March 17, 2020
  • A paradox is similar to an absurdity. In the minds of some, James 2.12 goes beyond an absurdity or a paradox; it is an out and out contradiction! We shall quote the verse here and then address its meaning. “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.” First, notice that James’…
    March 16, 2020
  • Reason originates with God! Unlike how we sometimes view Him, God is not a God of randomness with illogical thoughts and deeds; He is a God of reasoned thought and deed. Our focus today will be on this fact as we view two verses that form the “heart” of James’ argument against partiality. “For whoever…
    March 15, 2020
  • The Royal Law (James 2.8) is inextricably linked to the Golden Rule (Matthew 7.12). If I love my neighbor as myself, I certainly will treat him as I want to be treated. The desire for mercy on my behalf likewise would mirror my desire for mercy on my neighbor’s behalf. When love for neighbor…
    March 14, 2020
  • James, from the standpoint of biblical phrases, coined the term Royal Law. Citing a couple of relevant verses, he said, “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and…
    March 13, 2020
  • James wrote to believers in order to wake them up to the spiritual realities that formalism and legalism totally miss. He stressed the fact that the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ cannot be held with respect of persons (James 2.1). Respect of persons is a disease of the heart and not just one of actions. Under the Old Covenant…
    March 12, 2020
  • The manifestation of the disease is always different from the disease! Symptoms are just that, symptoms; they are not the disease. James identified a symptom of spiritual illness among his brethren, but he was not content to merely identify the symptom; he wanted to identify and eliminate the disease. The symptom: Partiality…
    March 11, 2020
  • Almost every worthwhile activity in which a person can engage stresses the basics (fundamentals) of that discipline. Beyond the fundamentals, a person expands on these basics, and continues to honor these fundamentals as long as the discipline is practiced. Consider how this principle applies to math, science, grammar,…
    March 10, 2020
  • Yesterday's devotional closed with three questions for your consideration; here they are again: 1) Is the perfect law of liberty a law of the letter or a law of the spirit? 2) Is it possible for people who follow this law to become legalistic and nullify a portion of its effectiveness? 3) Is there a way to prevent and/or…
    March 9, 2020
  • The title passage from which this series gets its name is James 2.12-13. It reads: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment." This text contains the expression Mercy Triumphs over…
    March 8, 2020
  • What is a paradox? That's easy; two docs in a row! OK, I admit it is a groaner! However, the text which we are considering in this series (James 2.1-13) is based on a paradox. Today's message along with the next two will take a brief look at this paradox and some lessons that should be derived from it. First we…
    March 7, 2020
  • “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (James 2.8-9). Jesus did not come to destroy the Law; He came to fulfill it (see Matthew…
    March 6, 2020
  •   The rich perpetually persecuted believers; it had been that way from ages of old and it was still that way during the early days of the New Testament church. In word and in deed, the rich proved to be adversarial to believers at every turn. This background prompted James to ask the third of his rapid-fire rhetorical…
    March 5, 2020

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Jim Bullington - A Christian writer whose insight into the scriptures is reflected in practical application lessons in every article. The reader will find that the Bible speaks directly to him/her through these articles. God is always exalted and His word is treated with the utmost respect in this column.

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