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  1. May 2021
    1. 1For the sun rises with its scorchingheat and withers the field; its flower falls, andits beauty perishes. It is the same way with therich; in the midst of a busy life, they will witheraway.

      flower represents wealth

    2. the rich will disappear like a flower in thefield


    3. and it will eat yourflesh like fire.


    4. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6Andthe tongue is a fire. The tongue is placedamong our members as a world of iniquity; it stainsthe whole body, sets on fire the cycle ofnature,and is itself set on fire by hell.

      talk about hell and metaphor bc of comparison of tongue and fire

    5. 23For if any arehearers of the word and not doers, they are like thosewho look at themselves in a mirror; 24forthey look at themselves and, on going away, immediatelyforget what they were like.

      simile using like

    6. 9Lament and mourn and weep

      James seems to be laying out steps or instructions almost.

    7. 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil,and he will flee from you.

      Finally, James in 4:7 instructs Christians to “resist the devil.”

      Thus, James presents us a picture of the world that is dualistic, but only in a truncated and limited fashion. Satan is powerful, but when measured against the power of God, he is not a serious contender for ruler of the uni- verse. God is so superior to Satan that the believer can resist Satan and he will flee (4:7)

    8. double–minded and unstable

      The double-minded man is “unstable in all he does.” This phrase denotes a person who is unsettled and not at rest. It reinforces the image of the one who doubts as “wavering.” Being “unstable” is a quality that marks one’s whole existence, not just spiritual life.

    9. Religion that is pure andundefiled before God, the Father, is this: to carefor orphans and widows in their distress, and to keeponeself unstained by the world

      Judaism Parrallel: Furthermore, James frequently uses the Old Testament. He makes reference to what “Scripture says” (4:5) and even quotes the Old Testament (4:6). His concern for widows and orphans (1:27) shows his familiarity with the prophetic notion of justice. Further, he refers to the great Old Testament heroes of the faith, such as Abraham (2:23), Rahab (2:25), the prophets (5:10), Job (5:11), and Elijah (5:17–18).

    10. 6But ask in faith, never doubting,for the one who doubts is like a wave of thesea, driven and tossed by the wind

      Verse 6 is therefore a difficult passage, and many of the attempts to explain it seem to make the meaning more opaque rather than more lucid. These difficulties revolve around the meaning and implications of “faith.” Some suggest that prayer that is effective is prayer that is made with confidence and in full conviction, especially with a faith that manifests itself in works.¹⁵ In contrast is the view that faith here means “confidence in prayer” and not “constancy in the Christian religion.” It is a coming to God, believing that he is able to do a certain thing.

    11. 5If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, whogives to all generously and ungrudgingly, andit will be given you.

      James goes on to say that God gives generously without hesitation (v. 5). He contrasts God’s single-hearted devotion and purpose to the varied and complex nature of the fraudulent schemes created by the evil one. God also gives “without finding fault” (me oneidizontos). The root word means “to utter insult” and carries an active tone. As in Jewish literature, one who gives without reproach knows that kindness and generosity are to be granted to the poor (see Sir. 18:15–18). Taken altogether, James conveys the notion that God’s spontaneous generosity is unwavering, regardless of our previous record (see Luke 6:35).

    12. The Letter of James

      James is trying to tell the Messianic community to become wise about Jesus's summary of the Torah and to love God and thy neighbor.

      Structure: 2-5: 12 teachings about the wholehearted devotion to Jesus

    13. 22But be doers of the word, and not merely hearerswho deceive themselves. 23For if any arehearers of the word and not doers, they are like thosewho look at themselves in a mirror; 24forthey look at themselves and, on going away, immediatelyforget what they were like. 25But thosewho look into the perfect law, the law of liberty,and persevere, being not hearers who forget butdoers who act—they will be blessed in their doing

      We must receive God’s word as doers, not merely hearers. To take comfort in the fact you have heard God’s word when you haven’t done it is to deceive yourself.

      i. It was common in the ancient world for people to hear a teacher. If you followed the teacher and tried to live what he said, you were called a disciple of that teacher. We may say that Jesus is looking for disciples: doers, not mere hearers.

      ii. Jesus used this same point to conclude His great Sermon on the Mount. He said that the one who heard the word without doing it was like a man who built his house on the sand, but the one who heard God’s word and did it was like a man whose house was built on a rock.The one who both heard and did God’s word could withstand the inevitable storms of life and the judgment of eternity (Matthew 7:24-27).

      There is a placement of responsibility on the hearer to not just sit idle but to follow God's word. There is a request to "look into" the word of God

    14. welcomewith meekness the implanted wordthat has the power to save your souls

      The use of human meekness allows us to be teachable to the gospels. Here James alluded to the spiritual power of the word of God. When it is implanted in the human heart, it is able to save your souls. The word of God carries the power of God

    15. 3No one, when tempted, shouldsay, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot betempted by evil and he himself tempts noone. 14But one is tempted by one's own desire, beinglured and enticed by it; 15then, when thatdesire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and thatsin, when it is fully grown, gives birth todeath. 16Do not be deceived, my beloved.17Every generous act of giving, with every perfectgift, is from above, coming down from theFather of lights, with whom there is no variationor shadow due to change.18In fulfillment of hisown purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth,so that we would become a kind of first fruitsof his creatures.
      • James did not want anyone to think that God sends trials to break down or destroy our faith; therefore, he will come back to this point in James 1:13-18. -James knew that most people have an evil tendency to blame God when they find themselves in trials. Yet by His very nature, God is unable to either be tempted (in the sense we are tempted, as James will explain), nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
    1. Your assignment is to help WSI make cutbacks by reducing the engineering section of the company from ten employees to seven. The longer a person has been with the company, the more that person will be owed in a pension when he or she retires

      cut 3 longer they have been here the higher the pension

    2. Jaime Spacco

      probably fire due to clashes w relations.

    3. Heather Hoffman

      average women

    4. Tim Foster

      large pen, loner dropout average rating

    5. John Spittell

      large pension if fired but seems to be trying with updates

    6. Rich Stout

      large pension, connection and well liked but not good rating

    7. Jonathan Powers

      not a team player but might be good alone

    8. Andy Hertel

      average guy

    9. Carol Scotton

      pension would be high, seems dependent but not progessive maybe.

    10. Andy Gibbons

      might help drive action but not team player

    11. Al Bino