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nathan f. elmore

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Just James: Thin Line Between

Just James is a series of occasional, meditative, tweet-like renderings from the homily collection otherwise known as "The Letter of James," who was otherwise known as the brother of Jesus.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 

"The Letter of James," Chapter 1, verses 12-18 

Enduring hardship, even suffering, is a struggle between life and death, spiritually. Yet there is an ancient deception that walks a tightrope in the sky along God's thin line between testing and tempting. Directly or indirectly blaming the Person said to be sovereign over human affairs is an easy out. Not to mention willfully forgetting that type of desire we must never let grow up. As for God, doesn't the moon show us every night that his goodness has no shadow?