Once I made a mountain out of all that I did treasure,
And heaped upon it, stone by stone, things of earthly pleasure.
Standing proud upon its peak, looking down where I began,
I shouted out to those below 'Behold how great I am!'
Then, in the breath of silence that is felt before the dawn,
That majestic mountain I had made, crumbled, and was gone.
So then I made another mountain with my fear and rage.
Hoarding all my treasures in a cold and heartless
"You cannot stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from building a nest in your hair."
-Pastor Greg Varney, Light Of The World Christian Center.
The king smiles, showing rows of lovely teeth. Sitting on his throne watching as the human struggles with her thoughts. I know how to get to this one, he thinks. He calls on his chief aides. "Go to her and show her the hurts in her past. She will want to imagine all manner of sinful dreams just to get away."
"A Stepping Stone to Partiality"
Now we come to what is indicated as 'Chapter 2' in your bibles, but originally was just a new paragraph in the original writings. James is not actually indicating a break in though, but a change in problems he is now addressing. He will now address a problem that is rampant in the church he is addressing, and what particularly acute among the Jewish Christians. The problem being one of religious inheritance.
In Matthew 19, Jesus said this
I should have posted this before I posted the last SHOOT'N.... However it's better late than not at all.... Some are wondering what right I have to judge anyone.... John Calvin especially.... I keep hearing the word "education".... As if mine is being questioned? Or that I have exalted myself over someone more learned than me? At any rate I am saying that to say this:
I am GOING to do these studies on false teachers.... I am going to put each one under my microscope.... I
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
My pastors wife always says the old testament is best seen through the eyes of the new.... On that note.... Lets take a look at this:
(Joh 3:18)"There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son.
(Joh 3:19)And the judgment is based on this fact: God's light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the