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Cecelia Smith
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post-group discussion March25th
James 4:13-17
Shared March 25th, 2017
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Main point summary
Main point summary
It is arrogant to choose and plan my pursuits apart from the Lord. Seek the Lord in all my doings.
James 4:13-17
Come now , you who say,
Listen to yourself and think -
s “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town
you say that you will travel to a place
and spend a year there
and spend time there
and trade
and do business there
and make a profit”—
and make a profit
yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
But you don't really know what happens tomorrow.
What is your life ?
What is your life ?
For t you are a mist
It's like a mist
that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
that appears for a little time and then it's gone!
Instead you ought to say,
So you ought to say this instead -
u “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
"Lord willing, we will live and do this..."
As it is , you boast in your arrogance.
But instead you show your arrogance in boasting about what you will do apart from seeking the Lord
v All such boasting is evil.
This kind of boasting is evil - to say what you will do apart from the Lord
w So whoever knows the right thing to do
So anyone who knows the right thing to do (seek the Lord in all my doings)
and fails to do it,
but fails to do it
for him it is sin.
commits a sin in not doing what he knows he ought to do
you're acting as if you control what happens tomorrow + know what to pursue apart from the Lord
You don't control your life anymore than a mist controls its appearing and disappearing
In this way, you sin!
A mist appears wholly by the conditions (doings) of things outside itself. The mist itself is powerless to endure.
The behavior of doing what is not right even though I know what is right to do - this is the fruit (maybe the definition) of sin. So I chose inference here instead of Action-Result
So you should seek the Lord in all you do
you're failing to do what you know is right
Is there a sense of urgency in "Come now", or is this more like a calm invitation to consider one's mistake?
Eric Judd
I've had so much going on I've missed a ton - is this the final result of the discussion?
Cecelia Smith
This is my take after the discussion.  It isn't exactly the way we worked it in the discussion.  I don't see a recording of our discussion within the course.  I wonder if Josue has a recording.
Cecelia Smith
I also submitted it for feedback in Learning Resources.  I've found that option really helpful and glad to know that we can now submit 2 arcs per month instead of just one. I couldn't finish this course without using Learning Resources and 1:1 sessions.  At first I thought I would just audit the course! Hah!
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