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  1. James...part 17

    "Sarcasm and a Prostitute"


    So, we left verse nineteen with a harsh sarcastic rush. As we move on to verse twenty, the sarcasm reachs peak. The 'believer in monotheism' is now addressed as an empty fool. The Greek 'de' makes a sharp contrast and connection with the preceding verse, as in 'But, does an empty fool like you really want to know...'. James is still just a tad angry here.
    The word for 'foolish' is 'kene' and really means 'empty'. You have an empty headed ...
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  2. The Mark of "the Beast" . . . and the rest



    For the record, I have always taken "the Mark of the Beast" in the Rev. 20:4 scripture literally.

    Specifically, the Mark (of the Beast) in that passage is indeed literal--it is literally spiritual.

    And because the Mark (of the Beast) is literally spiritual in Rev. 20:4, I can conclude that the Mark (of the Beast) is not just future in the scripture.

    In my mind, the Mark of the Beast is a seal of ownership which is placed upon people ...
  3. James...part 16

    "Faith and Love"


    We are now entering the last part of chapter two. It is important to realize that they are all on the same page, they are dealing with the problem of partiality, of favoring the rich over the poor. This is going to excess in the way they speak and overtly treat those who come to the worship service. This probably extends into their everyday life. The differences in socal status are reflected in so much of what the early society among the Gentiles was all ...
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  4. James...part 15

    "So Live and So Act..."

    Up to this point, James has built an extensive view of what it is all about and how it was to answer some questionable activites whithin the Body of Believers. He started with the true character of Joy and Perseverance. Wisdom was to be given for the asking, and strong growth was the way of faith for the believers. For those who persevered, the blessing was promised twice in chapter one verses twelve and twenty-five. It is the one who:

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  5. James...part 14

    "The Royal Law of Love"


    If you step back at look at the structure of chapter two, it seems to fall into five parts, all inter-related. We must keep in mind that the over riding theme is the perseverance of faith under fire that was developed in the first chapter. In chapter two, it is the them of love and following the Royal law of Love that is developed here.
    The first part of chapter two is contains the first four verses. It sets forth the practice, and outlines ...
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