Chapter 3

James 3 

So far I have read about 8 verses. James is penning this to Israel in Diaspora. That means the Messianic Jews dispersed from Jerusalem to parts all around.  Yeshua-loving, believing Jews that left Jerusalem due to life-threatening persecution. 

And by chapter 3 of his letter, he begins with this: Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, since you know that we will be judged more severely. For we all stumble in many ways; if someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who can bridle his whole body.

I am thinking some of his audience were thinking of becoming teachers of Scripture. He cautioned them.
Teachers use their tongues (today teachers also use keyboards). 

James then goes into an extended exhortation about the importance of the tongue AND the impossibility of controlling it. He gives examples like big ships can be guided by a small rudder; horses can be turned this way and that by a simple bit; one spark of fire can burn an entire forest, but the tongue. 
Oh, the tongue can burn down a life in a flash. and who can stop it? 
For people have tamed and continue to tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures; but the tongue no one can tame — it is an unstable and evil thing, full of death-dealing poison! source 

Reading on, what does he say? 

 With it we bless Adonai, the Father; and with it we curse people, who were made in the image of God. 10 Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing! Brothers, it isn’t right for things to be this way.  source 

I think I shall not expound on that but I am glad James did.

He explains only man does this. All the rest of creation produces fruit and actions as it was created. Read the verses and see what he means. 

Chapter 3. It’s plain. It’s direct. It’s undeniable. AND it is disobeyed every day! Brothers, it isn’t right for things to be this way.

 I think we cannot pray too much for each other to obey Chapter 3. 

Love, Kathie



It’s Saturday afternoon and I have a messy kitchen waiting on me; a small roast that is warming to be seared and placed in a dutch oven; no bread in the house, meaning I need to mill some wheat berries and get some kneading on.

Truth. I really just wanted to say hello to my Friends.

It has rained this early November day; so far we have no need for heat or cooling in the house. From the den, I hear football being played; add that to conversations spilling around in my head not likely to become a dialogue with anyone and you have a fair idea of the goings on at Thompson Manor today.  Right. Not that exciting. But, at least you heard from me. laughing

How about a recipe?   Brussels Sprout & Cranberry Salad Recipe - The Biblical Nutritonist  Doesn’t that look delicious?

  • 1 Pound Brussels Sprouts
  • 2/3 Cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1/3 Cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Pecans
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup (Omit on Daniel Fast)
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Destem and cut brussels sprouts in half
  • Heat skillet with a drizzling olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add brussels sprouts to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Add cranberries.
  • Cook sprouts and cranberries for 8-10 minutes until berries begin to burst and sprouts become tender.
  • Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Stir to coat and remove from heat.
  • Toss sprouts, cranberries and pecans in a large bowl. Top with crumbled feta cheese and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy it.
As we begin this season of celebrations — I hope we examine Scripture, seek The LORD and that ALL our celebrations will honor The LIGHT of the world.

Love, Kathie