Monday, March 29, 2010

A Study on the book of James, part 1

Hello everybody!

I am finally starting a new book study! yay! It is going to be on the book of the Bible called, James. It is in the New Testament, and it is a letter from James, who was one of the apostles, one of Jesus' followers.

We are going to cover verses one-four today.

1. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

2. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.


Verse one is James' introduction, and greeting to his readers, he says that he is a "servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ". Which is what Paul and Peter also do in their letters. Why do they say that? I think that they say it, simply, because it's true! They know that God and Jesus are higher and a whole lot more powerful than they, so they humble themselves before their God, and set this example for us to follow.

So, who is James writing to? He is writing to "the twelve tribes", which are the Jews. But James also says that they are "scattered abroad". If they live all over the place, how can James possibly believe that his letter will be able to get passed around over hundreds or thousands of miles?

In those days, letters from the apostles were teaching letters, not a "hey! what's up?" kinda thing. So these letters were important to them, so they were passed from family to family to family, and thus traveled over a long distance.


Verses 2-18 talk about temptation, so that section will take a few days. :)

In verse two, James makes a radical statement that most people would raise their eyebrows at...

He says to consider temptations pure joy! Be happy that you are being tempted and tested! Why??? Well, we'll have to go to verse three to find out!


Verse three. Because through being tested we are becoming more patient. He says, "...that the trying of your faith worketh patience".

Romans 5:3 says, "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience".

What do the three T's mean?

Tribulation - grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering...affliction, trouble, etc.
And the Greek word for tribulation means: "pressure (literal or figurative) :- afflicted (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble."
Temptation - the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.
And the Greek word for temptation means: "a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity."
Trials - the act of trying, testing, or putting to the proof. (
The word "trial" is not in Scripture.


In verse four James writes, "But let patience have her perfect work". What in the world is that supposed to mean? Well, I think, that it means that you need to let the patience that you get from going through trials shine through your thoughts, actions, speech, and attitude. And, through that, you will let Christ shine through you!

Now think about this for a second...Who is the most patient person you know? How do they act? How do they speak? What is their overall attitude?

Okay, now think about the most impatient person you know. How do they act? How do they speak? What is their overall attitude?

Now compare the two. See the difference? The first is probably a person who is kind and gentle, obeys their authority, and wear a smile daily. The second probably gets angry easily, and speaks before they act, and has a quick temper. Why?

Because by being patient, you eliminate a chance to get angry fast, you speak before you act, and you think before you speak. You are happier because you make other people happy by the way you act. And where does that "fruit" come from? God. He gives us patience through the Holy Spirit; when we go through trials and rely on God through them, instead of breaking down and giving up, we become patient through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent to guide and help us.

The last part of verse four says, "...that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing". What does that mean? I wasn't really sure, so I looked in Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary; it says this: "When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare." Now, that makes sense!

So, once patience has done it's work through us, we will have everything we need for our "Christian race and warfare". Just think about those who are tortured because they will not recant, or deny Christ. They have the patience to go through those things, and through Christ, they have everything they need. No man except a Christian man can endure such things to the death, because they do not have what we have in our lives. We have Christ, working in us, and through us!


I hope you enjoyed reading this, and got something out of it. :) Please come back. I think this will be a great study! So let's do it together. If you want, do the same study on your blog, and we can compare what we have found, and discuss it. :) Or, if you do not have a blog, keep a journal or notebook, or write in the margins of your Bible if you have room.

Also, I think it would be best, for you to read the scripture before you read what I wrote. :)

God bless! Leave a comment, please!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Romans 8:36-39

36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (KJV)


Nothing can separate us from the love of God. What a comfort that is!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Interview: Prism @ AGoMC!

Hello Everyone! I was interviewed by Prism a little while back, so I thought it would be fun to interview her too!


First, here is a bit of information about her...

Who: Prism


Also, Prism started a blog thing that I participate in called Randomness Friday (RF)!!! It's really fun!!!



Buttercup: Why did you name your blog “A Girl of Many Colors”?

Prism: I actually have no real reason for naming it that... Call me crazy, but I have these random moments when I just think of something that works. Perhaps it stemmed for my love of all colors, love of the Horse of a Different Color, Joseph's coat of many colors... I'm not really sure. All I know is that it's as unique as me (which may be a good or bad thing, I leave that up to my readers)!

Buttercup: How about your blog name? Why “~Prism~”?

Prism: I actually had no blog name for quite a while. I simply used my blog title, but I abbreviated it AGoMC (still do, but not as my name). If you say it like a word, several times, really fast, it ends up sounding something like a toad's croak. I thought it had to change. Therefore, I picked something that fit my blog, but something that still fit me. I want to reflect God's light to others in my own funky way, so ~Prism~ it was (and is)!

Buttercup: How long have you had your blog?

Prism: Nearly two years now! The ride has been totally awesome!


Buttercup: Do you go to a public school, private school, or do you homeschool?

Prism: I have been home schooled for six years now, but I attend this votech center in the afternoons. It's sort of like a regular high school.

Buttercup: Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?

Prism: I have an adorable dog named Belle. She's blonde, fluffy, and somewhat of a cross between a papillion and a dachshund. I also have plain old fish, but they multiply faster than I can name them.


Buttercup: What is your favorite color?

Prism: I love many colors, but purple is my pick.

Buttercup: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Prism: I love reading and writing (whether it be for my blog or just for me)

Buttercup: What is your favorite movie? And your favorite character in that movie?

Prism: Oh, wow... My favorite movies is more like it.

I love Wall-E from Wall-E, Dory from Finding Nemo, and Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

Buttercup: What is your favorite book? And your favorite character in that book?

Prism: Again, what a tough one! I like Anne from Wayne Thomas Batson's Pirate Adventures.

Buttercup: What is your favorite music band?

Prism: TobyMac is my favorite artist, but my favorite band is Barlow Girl.

Buttercup: Anything else you would like to add?

Prism: Thanks so much, Buttercup, for interviewing me! God Bless, and keep livin' for Christ, ya'll!


Thank you so much, Prism!

Talk To Y'all Later!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Some Psalms

Here are some great Psalms that I wanted to share with y'all. :) Here you go:


Psalm 103

1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.


Psalm 104

1Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

2Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

3Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

4Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

5Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

6Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

7At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

8They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

9Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

10He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

11They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

12By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

13He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

14He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

15And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

16The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;

17Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

18The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

19He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

20Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

21The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

22The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.

23Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

24O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

25So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

26There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

27These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

28That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

29Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

30Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

31The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.

32He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

33I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

35Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.


Psalm 150

1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.


More to come... :)

In Christ,


P.S. Isn't it funny when you have to go through Scripture that is typed out and add the red underlined ("misspelled") words to the dictionary? lol. Anything with "eth" or "est" or any of the KJV words like that are counted as misspelled. haha.

Cool quote!

"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

- Unknown

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Prayer Request for a Puppy

Hey Y'all,

Our poor, poor puppy! While we were out of town, a friend of ours was taking care of her. She had a hard week, and so did our friend! :( She broke her paw (long story) and has a splint on it. Also, she developed eczema, so to treat it, the vet had to shave half of one side of her body. On top of all that, she has broken blood vessels in one eye because she hit it on a step. The poor little pup wants to run and play, but she’s not supposed to, so we can’t let her. :( So, you can be praying for her if you think of her. She gets her stitches out in a week. Her name is Maggie and she is 12 weeks old.