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Today's Devotion

Mature Faith Understands God’s Justice

  • February 22, 2019 | James 5:4

In his commentary on James, Douglas J. Moo explained that today’s verses condemn a sinful use of wealth. “We cannot avoid the serious reminder about money and possessions that we confront in this text. One of the sins for which God condemns these people is their selfish accumulation of money and things (vv. 2–3). In the Western world, where amassing material wealth is not only condoned but admired, we Christians need to come to grips with this point in James and ask ourselves seriously: When do we have too much?”

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Today with the President

Welcome MBI President Dr. Mark Jobe

Dr. Mark Jobe began as Moody’s 10th president in January. We are rejoicing at the Lord’s provision of a visionary Christian leader to shepherd Moody Bible Institute in the years ahead. The son of missionaries, he grew up in a rural village in Spain. At age 17, he left to attend MBI. After experiencing culture shock, he considered leaving Chicago after graduation but was challenged by a pastor’s words: “If we reach the city, we are reaching the nations.”

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The most famous verse in the book of James may be the assertion that faith without works “is dead” (2:17). What is the relationship between faith and works in the Christian life? Does James contradict Paul’s teaching that we are saved by faith apart from works (Rom. 4:6; Eph. 2:9; Titus 3:5)? In fact, James and Paul agree. James assumes the priority of faith, and Paul acknowledges that those who are saved by faith have been “created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Eph. 2:10).

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Do you know Your Love Language?

February is a good month to celebrate the love we have in Christ—and the love we have for one another. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The New York Times bestselling book The 5 Love Languages, says we each experience love in different ways. How do you feel loved? How do you express love to others including your spouse, your children, and your friends? Dr. Chapman breaks down our preferred love language into five categories. Do you recognize yours?

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