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How to Survive Times of Trials

I have always found the Book of Job a difficult book to read and study. True, the poetic narrative displays the Lord in a glorious manner, but it also shows the complete destruction of a man, his family, his fortune, his health. All that is spared is his life. Job is often know for his patience, but it is hard …

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The Gift of Trials

This week’s text from James 1 presents an interesting challenge for Bible teachers and interpreters. As we saw last week, James is focusing on the trouble with trials in our lives. The Greek word translated as “trials” in James 1:2 is peirasmos. The ESV translates this sentence as, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials (peirasmos) of …

03 The Gift of Trials

This is part of a Bible Study series on the Epistle of James. You can find more information on the complete series by going to the Series Overview. This Week’s Text: James 1:13-18 Date: January 17, 2016 Series: Shoe Leather Theology: Study of James This Week’s Resources: The Compass Bible Study (pdf) Study Notes (pdf) PowerPoint Slides (Ankeny | Bondurant) Lighthouse …

02 The Trouble with Trials

This is part of a Bible Study series on the Epistle of James. You can find more information on the complete series by going to the Series Overview. This Week: James 1:1-12 Date: January 10, 2016 Series: Shoe Leather Theology: Study of James This Week’s Resources:  The Compass Bible Study (pdf) Study Notes (pdf) PowerPoint Slides (Ankeny | Bondurant) Lighthouse Discussion …

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The Trouble With Trials

The word “rejoice” and the word “trials” don’t seem to fit well in the same sentence. Yet, that is what James is exhorting his readers to do: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2). Trials can mean different things to different people. Trials can involve our health, our finances, our children, our …