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James 5:13-20

Proper 21B

Were “community” in the deepest sense of the word a commodity that’s traded on some kind of stock exchange, it would be soaring in value. That’s partly because of the law of supply and demand. Genuine community the word is in such short supply that the demand sometimes exceeds the supply. So many things isolated…

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James 5:7-10

Advent 3A

This is a season of the year that we don’t generally link to patience.  Children are chomping at the bit to open their presents.  Some of us are impatient for holiday visits from family members and friends who live at a distance from us.  A few of us may even feel impatient to be done…

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James 5:13-20

Proper 21B

Difficult people, things and circumstances exist over which even the most skilled and powerful people have virtually no control.  But God graciously gives God’s adopted sons and daughters at least some control over how we respond to those difficulties. James 5:13-20 at least implies that the apostle understood that as well as anyone.  After all,…

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James 5:7-10

Advent 3A

You can parachute right down onto James 5:7 if you want to and pretend nothing else is going on here but . . . good luck.  Truth is, starting a reading at verse 7 here is like walking into a room where, unbeknownst to you, a horrible fight had just been taking place between two…

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James 5:13-20

Proper 21B

Comments and Observations If I were to preach on this text, the sermon might be titled “The Prodigal Project.”  I would basically skip the first 6 verses and focus on verses 19 and 20.  I would adopt that preaching strategy, not because those first verses are irrelevant, but because those last two are so painfully…

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