Yesterday, I challenged our students to collectively memorize 200 verses from the book of James this summer. If we meet our goal, we will have a pizza and pool party (the kind of pool with water, not with a cue stick, as Barrett wanted to clarify :) Here are the verses they can memorize:
James 1:2-3 - Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
James 1:4 - Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:12 - Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:19 - My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:22 - Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:27 - Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 2:5 - Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
James 2:10 - For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
James 2:14 - What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
James 2:15-16 - Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food, If one of you says to him, "Go I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
James 2:26 - As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
James 3:5-6 - Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.
James 3:7-8 - All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:9-10 - With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
James 3:13 - Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom.
James 3:16 - For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
James 3:17 - But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 4:1 - What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
James 4:2 - You do not have, because you do not ask God.
James 4:7-8 - Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:10 - Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
James 4:12 - There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you - who are you to judge your neighbor?
James 4:17 - Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
James 5:7 - Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.
James 5:8 - You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
James 5:9 - Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
James 5:11 - The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:12 - Above all, my brothers, do not swear - not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and you "No," no, or you will be condemned.
James 5:13 - Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
James 5:14 - Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
James 5:15 - And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
James 5:16 - Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.