Saturday, May 31, 2014

James 4:1-12 - Responsive Reading

James 4:1-12
(English Standard Version)

Pastor: What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?

People: Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

Pastor: You desire and do not have,

People: so you murder.

Pastor: You covet and cannot obtain,

People: so you fight and quarrel.

Pastor: You do not have,

People: because you do not ask.

Pastor: You ask and do not receive,

People: because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Pastor: You adulterous people!

People: Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

Pastor: Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

People: Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says,

Pastor: “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

People: But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Pastor: Submit yourselves therefore to God.

People: Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Pastor: Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

People: Cleanse your hands, you sinners,

Pastor: and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

People: Be wretched and mourn and weep.

Pastor: Let your laughter be turned to mourning

People: and your joy to gloom.

Pastor: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

People: Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.

Pastor: The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother,

People: speaks evil against the law and judges the law.

Pastor: But if you judge the law,

People: you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

Pastor: There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy.

People: But who are you to judge your neighbor?

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