79 of 100

#79 of 100

One very large evangelical Bible Study website makes a claim as follows: “Today, _____  is the most-visited Christian website in the world with more than 140-150 million views per month.” That same site has produced a list of the 100 MOST-READ Bible verses (i.e., read on their site). I do not question the statistics they supply. I am confident it is a very popular site. It probably has grown since the posting of those numbers. I use it occasionally myself.

I am convinced that a helpful exercise is to study about these MOST READ Bible verses. If that many people are reading these 100 verses, would I not be better prepared to reach out to those people if I could demonstrate at least a hint of familiarity with and understanding of those verses? What a great conversation-starter, at least.

So then, by one count, number 79 of 100 most read Bible verses happens to be: James 1.3. The Book of James is an amazingly practical letter. The person who spends quality time with this epistle learns much about how to be a strong and faithful Christian!

The first part of the sentence of which James 1.3 is a part is the previous verse; certainly verse 4 also needs consideration since it gives the RESULT. James 1.2-4 reads: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (NKJV).

When James writes that we should COUNT it all joy, he uses the Greek word which Louw & Nida define as: to hold a view or have an opinion with regard to something[1]. James advises Christians to have a certain view of trials. That view is influenced especially by the knowledge of the reward that comes to the one who is not swayed away from faithfulness to the Lord by the trials one endures in life.

When we read this verse something does seem out of whack, though. HOW can I count trials as something joyful? Burton Coffman quotes from Zerr and from Russel to explain: “‘James could not have meant here that Christians are ‘to pretend that they get joy out of things which are disagreeable, for that would be an act of insincerity.’<9>  ‘The true view of temptation or trial is that it is an opportunity to gain new strength through overcoming.’<10>.”

James tells us that the testing of our faith produces patience. What is involved in this TESTING? The original word only is found here and in 1 Peter 1.7. It “was used for coins that were genuine and not debased. The aim of testing is not to destroy or afflict, but to purge and refine. It is essential to Christian maturity, for even Abraham’s faith had to be tested this way (see Gen. 22:1–8). The meaning of patience transcends the idea of bearing affliction; it includes the idea of standing fast under pressure, with a staying power that turns adversities into opportunities. James 1:3” [NKJV Study Bible].

If I count trials I may face as joy, rather than allow them to overcome me and cause me to become unfaithful, James says the cause is that PATIENCE has been produced. David Sain wrote of it: “The word, as often used and understood in our daily usage, signifies the ability to wait, to submissively wait. However, it means far more than that in this text. Here, it signifies the ability to bear, to persevere, to endure. And it is so translated in the New American Standard Version: “…knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:3).”[2] James is teaching us that no matter what, we can overcome trials.

[1] Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 364.

[2] David Sain, The Behavior of Faith, 2011 MSOP Lectures, p. 31.

March/April TRUTH

Truth

We list below the articles contained in the two most recent editions of TRUTH. Just noticing the list should cause us to see the value of using a few minutes of our time to read them. Roger Campbell produces this journal each month. It contains excellent teaching.

MARCH Issue: (1) Tell Me More about the Origin of the Universe, by Dave Leonard; (2) A Husband’s Role and Responsibilities, by Chad Dollahite; (3) We Need to Imitate Jesus’ Humility, Roger Campbell; (4) Our Liberty in the Christ (Galatians 2.4; 5.1, 13); (5) Lessons from the church in Ephesus, by Roger Campbell. Click H-E-R-E.

APRIL Issue: (1) Tell Me about Mankind’s Special Place in God’s Creation, by Roger Campbell, (2) A Wife’s Role and Responsibility, by Joel Danley; (3) Imitating Jesus’ Use of Scripture, by Chad Dollahite; (4) The Seed, the Law, and the Faith (Galatians 3.16-25), by Roger Campbell; (5) Lessons from the Church in Rome, by Roger Campbell.  Click H-E-R-E.

New TRUTH Articles

Truth

One of my favorite monthly publications comes to my Email box. I am always blessed by the articles it contains. Most of the writing is done by my friend, Roger Campbell, but some are from his son-in-law, Chad Dollahite. Chad is also a great gospel preacher and excellent writer. Also, two other great writers are in the two issues we combine in this post. We have listed below the January and February articles in TRUTH. Ten excellent studies from Scripture! We encourage you to download and read this faith-building material. Tell others about it and give them the links.

JANUARY 2022 TRUTH

01.  Tell me about Evidence for the Existence of God, Roger Campbell

02.  HAVING STRONG FAMILIES: We must build them “BY THE BOOK,” Dave Leonard.

03.  We Need to Imitate Jesus’ Compassion, Roger Campbell

04.  Galatians 1.6-9–The Danger of Perverting the Gospel, Chad Dollahite

05.  Lessons from the Church in Antioch of Syria, Roger Campbell

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FEBRUARY 2022 TRUTH

01.  Tell Me about Proof which Shows the Bible is the Word of God,               Joel Danley

02.  Am I Mentally Prepared to Get Married?, Roger Campbell

03.  We Need to Imitate Jesus’ Courage, Roger Campbell

04.  Galatians–The Genuineness of Paul’s Apostleship, Roger Campbell

05.  Lessons from the Church in Corinth, Chad Dollahite

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Study Guide for 2 Samuel

LemmonsAid Study Guides

When we last had Bible Classes PRE-Covid19, we were engaged in a study of 2 Samuel on Wednesday nights. In July our classes will begin again, Lord willing. We have now completed a study guide for the 17th chapter of 2 Samuel. There are eight pages containing several parts including questions, lessons, outline, summary, etc. I hope the guide will be helpful to many in taking a look at this very interesting chapter in the life of King David. You can find the PDF by clicking H-E-R-E. Other guides also are available by clicking H-E-R-E.

TRUTH for May 2020

I have found it always to be profitable to read the four monthly articles produced by Roger D. Campbell in his TRUTH journal. He is an excellent Bible student and preacher of the gospel and world evangelist. This month’s articles include these interesting titles:

  1. Will Every Child Who Honors His Parents Live a Long Life?
  2. Samuel as a Type of the Christ
  3. Giving Our Best to the Lord
  4. Ephesians 2.8-10… By Grace You Have Been Saved

Find them by clicking H-E-R-E.

TRUTH for 2002

We are so thankful for the good writing skill of our friend Roger D. Campbell. It is always helpful to read his monthly publication, TRUTH. Here is the issue for February of 2020. It contains four articles:

  1. The TRUTH about Murder. An excellent discussion.
  2. The Lord’s Passover (Exodus 12.13).
  3. My Heart Drops When I Hear those Words
  4. Paul, A Pattern of Believers (1 Timothy 1.16)

You may read these articles by clicking H-E-R-E.

An Allegory

Walking in Truth: called of GodWith our listening audience in western Kentucky, we finish up a lesson about LAST THINGS, which is an encouraging area of study for the faithful. What happens after death or at the time of the second coming of Jesus? We also begin a study from Galatians 4.21-31 regarding the allegory Paul uses to teach the Galatian Christians regarding their relationship to the Law of Moses. We invite you to listen to these studies by clicking below…

Paul’s Conversion

Walking in Truth: called of GodThe conversion of the Apostle Paul is one of the most interesting and most well-covered matters in the entire New Testament. For a person to completely turn 180 degrees and go in the exact opposite direction he had been heading is remarkable. Paul had been the number one enemy of the developing 1st Century church. After his conversion, he became one of the greatest evangelists for her, ever. A study of Paul’s conversion is rich indeed. Why not listen along to the study we presented to our radio audience regarding this important event. You can listen by clicking below…

John’s Use of the OT #3

Walking in Truth: called of GodWith our listening audience in Marshall County, Kentucky, we finish our study of the passages from the Old Testament which John used to produce faith that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Christ. You can listen in by clicking below…

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