Category Archives: James

Devotional entries from Lance Ponder’s book ‘Ask James one’.

tapeinosis

What does James mean by “humiliation” (ESV), “low position” (NIV) or “made low” (KJV)? The Greek word used is tapeinosis. It appears 4 times in scripture. This is a form of the same Greek word used in Jas 1:9 to … Continue reading

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Context Question

Why does James 1:10 talk about riches in the context of an overall discussion about temptation and trials? The consistent theme of James as a book is one of determining the substance of faith in the form of action, which … Continue reading

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Where is your treasure?

Heb 11:24-27 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the … Continue reading

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What advice does the bible offer to the rich?

1 Tim 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are … Continue reading

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Are You Rich?

The Greek plousios appears 28 times in scripture and every time is translated “rich.” It literally means wealthy or abounding in material resources. It metaphorically means abounding or abundantly supplied, as with Christian virtues or eternal possessions. Mt 14:16-20 But … Continue reading

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How does material wealth affect your faith?

Mk 10:22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. The rich young man’s wealth stood between him and what he really needed to believe in. Jesus confronted him with the purest and most stark … Continue reading

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Does God Care How You Obtain Material Wealth?

Mal 1:13 But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! … Continue reading

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