James 2:1

Squirt, LaLa and everyone else…3 Things…1)  if you dont understand, explain what you don’t understand – Ask questions 2)  Do you go back and read our responses…because if you are, then why are you not leaving posts about what you have read….give us feedback if that answered your questions or if you are still confused 3)  go to http://www.crosswalk.com type in the verse and then click the lil box that says include study notes…then read a few commentaries to help you better understand…Don’t just give up, try, study, read….do more than just read whats on the blog and then be like owell i dont know what that means….tell us what ya dont understand and then  try to study a bit on your own…

And now for todays scripture

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. NIV

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people more than others? NLT

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith.  The Message

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.  NKJV

5 responses to “James 2:1

  1. Hey guys. Got a little behind, and the Lord told me to catch up instead of just skipping to the present, so I am here and posting, just take me another day or so to be current.

  2. ok
    um ya
    but i think this means….
    dont let the world influence the way tht u live dont worry bout wut everyone else thinks.. the only person u really need to worry bout is god!
    hes the one ur gonna have to answer to not ur friends or ur parents or anybody else just god!

    peace and luv

  3. I think it is interesting when Ron posts from 3 or 4 versions and they all have a different slant on the translation. I like to go to the greek and look at the transliterated word and then choose which meaning I think the Spirit intended.

    Here the Greek word is: “proswpolhmyiva”, which means:
    “the fault of one who when called on to give judgment has respect of the outward circumstances of man and not to their intrinsic merits, and so prefers, as the more worthy, one who is rich, high born, or powerful, to another who does not have these qualities”.

    In kight of that it seems as if the Message is way off and the NIV and NLT seem to have grasped the author’s intent.

    Think of it this way. If Pastor E got up Sunday morning and said that the Koebbe’s got a new couch for Christmas and they needed help moving it since their legs are hurt, I bet we would have 15-20 men volunteer to go move it. But I remember when Pastor E asked for volunteers another time to help someone move who seems a little more lowly and not as “prestigious” and there was not much response. That is exactly what this verse is talking about.

    Remember that the original text did not have verse and chapter divides. This is just a continuation of the talk from the last chapter. James taught us that pure religion is to help the fatherless and the widows and he is continuing here by saying that we should not consider life circumstances or position when we look to help or have to stand in judgement.

  4. Hey we talked about that today….we talked about how you sometimes have to look at the greek word sometimes to better understand the scripture and that is exactly what my boy white rick did…And not only did he look it up, he spelled it correctly, defined it and then gave a beautiful illustration of the context to help us visualize the true meaning…

    I want to elaborate a lil more about the favoritism that whitie was referring too…Some teenagers in the youth ministry bought each other Christmas presents but if I remember correctly those same teenagers that bought presents, did not buy a present for Plaza manor…We care more for our friends and those that we hang with to reach out to those that are in need…Our youth ministry has a lil bit of a favoritism problem…we hang with our buddies instead of reaching out the visitors or those that are not in our inner circle…


  5. Our instinct, I guess I’ll call it, is to lean toward people like us or those we wish to be like–ie, the “popular kids”. The Lord would have us to be open and show the love of Christ to anyone, even the people we think are weird or who we dont understand. I also need to point out that showing the love of Christ does not necessarily mean going up to someone and saying “Jesus loves you”, it can be just as simple as not joining in or laughing when other people are talking bad about someone, or just sincerely smiling at someone in the hallway. I have been disappointed lately, though, in the lack of openess we display as a group. When new kids have come-especially girls-there are some of our more “mature” kids who dont even bother to say hello or ask their name, they just stay at their table talking to their own little circle and dont even acknowledge that someone new is there. Jesus will not bless that. Why do we always wait for some big outreach or girls night before we act like Jesus wants us to act all the time???

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