This week we begin a new series “How do we cope with James?” This week we ask “How do we cope with ... Trials?” We all face difficulties in life and James has some great advice.
The Gospel Coalition have produced a playlist of 100 songs inspired by the book of James, and I intend to share some of those songs each day on the Blog, but you can listen to the full playlist during the next few weeks as we continue our studies in this book. I have benefited greatly from listen to these songs over and over again as I have asked God to speak from His word.
You can stream the playlist on Spotify or on Apple Music right now.
The selection of songs today are all about finding God in the Trials.
You may not like them all but hopefully you will discover some artists that you do like. You might even be able to tolerate a little bit of Rap today.
- “Anchor,” Beautiful Eulogy and Josh Garrels - a beautiful gentle tune and the addition of some Rap doesn’t detract.
- “James 1:2–5,” The Corner Room - A jolly little bible memory song.
- “The Sower’s Song,” Andrew Peterson - Asking that God would remove/prune the branches that do not bear fruit.
- “When Trials Come,” Keith and Kristyn Getty - When trials come do not fear.
- “God Is for Us,” CityAlight - City Alight always have some very singable songs
I’ll add the songs to this playlist each day.
Let’s Pray For Louise Davidson (deaconess in West Church, Bangor)
Pray for the women’s ministry in the church and for the key role Louise plays in this. Pray that all the women who attend online meetings and events will feel a warm welcome and the power and presence of Jesus. Pray all will have a real desire to go deeper in their walk with God.
Glenelly (Co Tyrone)
Give thanks that during lockdown the congregation was able to hold drive-in services. Pray for the regular preaching of the Word - that sinners would be saved and believers built up in their faith.
“Reading Between The Lines” a series working through the bible looking at the well known phrases.
Q. Why Must the Redeemer Be Truly Human?
A. That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
Joy In Suffering
Can we find joy, even in suffering? That is what we are looking at from James this week. That seems like a tall ask! Watch this encouraging episode of @DiscipleshipXP to look at the story of Paul, who found joy in Christ even when facing incredible danger.
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
Play the "Portbalintrae Tuesday" puzzle!