Tim Minge
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The Sadducees foolishly challenge the Word of God about the Word of God!
Matthew 22:23-33
The King's first call to the wedding feast is pure grace; the second call is pure mercy.
Matthew 22:1-14
Right worship involves prayer and praise.
Matthew 21
Once again, we see that the Messianic priorities are not what people think they are.
Matthew 20:29-34
Do you really know God? What you know of God will determine how you worship him.
Psalms 100
How can God be both truly just in judgment and full of mercy and forgiveness?
Psalms 99
What event inspired Isaac Watts' famous hymn Joy to the World?
Psalms 98
We know that we are supposed to worship God, but do we know the reasons why we should do this?
Psalms 96
What exactly does it mean that God is holy? And what effect does it have on our worship?
Failure to trust in God's sovereign care and provision is failure to worship.
Psalms 95
The grace that saves is the grace that sanctifies.
Titus 2:11-15
Paul’s apostleship and the purpose for writing this letter was for the sake of the elect in the areas of faith, knowledge, and godliness.
Titus 1:1-4
This life isn't all there is; and it's not even the best part. Trust in God who alone can ransom a soul from death.
Psalm 49
Is our identity founded in this world or in God’s city?
Psalm 87
Who may be God’s guest and enjoy his hospitality?
Psalms 15
Does our attitude in worship say that God needs us or that we need God?
Psalms 50
We can say that we trust God, but how do we show it? How does someone prove or reveal that they truly trust God in troublesome times?
Psalms 3
Praise God through fear (1-4), song (5-7), and submission (8-9).
Psalms 47
How can anyone who recognizes his own depravity and sinfulness before a holy God expect to be declared innocent?
Three Voices of Psalm 19
When the psalmist considers the wonder of God’s creation, he recognizes his privileged place in it and turns to God in humility and praise.
Psalms 8
Regardless of my present circumstances, my future hope in God can battle fear and despair today.
Fear and Faith
I can and must forgive because I have been forgiven.
Matthew 18:21-35
Who are the little ones and how are we treating them?
Matthew 18
Respond joyfully to trials and ask God for wisdom to endure them, for blessing comes when we endure by receiving and obeying his Word.
James 1:1-27
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Arcing—Assignment 9
Being religious is more than thinking that you are.
Published June 4th, 2019
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Main point summary
Pure religion is one that is focused both inwardly and outwardly. It not only cares about oneself but others as well, especially those in need. It is both spiritual and practical.
James 1:26-27
If anyone thinks he is religious
IF anyone 1. inwardly thinks of himself as a religious person practicing pure religion before God,
q and does not bridle his tongue
AND 2. outwardly this person does not control what he says (i.e. he says whatever he feels like)
but deceives his heart,
that is, he is fooling his heart, thinking he is religious, but showing no evidence of it
[ then ]this person’s r religion is worthless.
THEN this person's so-called religion is completely worthless and of no value whatsoever.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
That is not pure and undefiled religion in God's eyes, but this is:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
Pure and spotless religion is 1. visiting and meeting the needs of orphans and widows (those who have no one to care for their needs) in the middle of their suffering,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
AND 2. It is keeping yourself clean from any of the spots and stains of the world.
The attack is not on religion in v26 because v27 shows religion in a postive light. The attack is on thinking you are religious while also not bridling your tongue, which is deceiving your own heart.
Religion that is only supposed but not shown outwardly is worthless.
Pure religion is that which helps those in need and maintains spiritual cleanliness.
James is not attacking religion in v26 because in v27 he shows religion in a positive light. The attack is on thinking you are religious while also not bridling your tongue, which is deceiving your own heart. He condemns the idea that you can separate inward, personal behavior and outward, interpersonal behavior. This reminds me of his "faith without works" teaching later on. The specific outward behavior mentioned in v26 concerns a person's speech. The specific outward behavior in v27 is acts of mercy. What is the connection? One without the other makes for a worthless religion. Religion is not just acts of kindness and good works. Neither is it simply focusing on self and personal holiness. Religion that pleases God focuses on my own spiritual condition and seeks to help others in tangible ways. Pure religion is an inward and outward thing.
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