The Valley: Rich Oppressors, Patience & Faith

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  • Workout Date - 10/03/2023
  • Q In Charge - GCOD
  • The PAX - GCOD, Banjo, Hard Hat, Epee, Bartman, FNG Backup,
  • AO -

8 Pax enjoyed a glorious lunch time 3rd F studying the 5th and final chapter of James. It was great to wrap up the book of James and YHC was truly thankful for the input of the Pax during the discussing because he was a little lost, more than a little confused and definetly out of his comfort zone. Like the workouts, the Valley is a great opportunity to sharpen each other mentally and spiritually. All “skill levels” are welcome as evidenced by YHC being in the dark about the very existence of our next book of study: Philemon.

Here’s what went down:

James 5 New International Version (NIV)

Warning to Rich Oppressors

5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[a] 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Patience in Suffering

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.


  1. James 5:5 Or yourselves as in a day of feasting

The Chapter begins with a strong warning about what will happen if we put our love of worldly wealth above our love of God. We will weep, wail and have our flesh eaten like fire. Better pay attention. God blesses us so that we may serve him and his plan for us.

James then turns into a more comforting tone and encourages us to have patience in our struggles for the time of redemption is near. We are cautioned against swearing unnecessary oaths. If we live truthfully others will no that our word means what we say. We must be #truthsayers.

Finally, we are called upon to pray in times of trouble and in good times. God will provide answers to our prayers according to his plan. We must confess our sins to each other and strive to convert sinners.

If you’ve been wanting to come to the Valley but are making up excuses like “I don’t want to come in halfway through a book” or some other lame excuse, please come out. We are covering Philemon, which is apparently a real book of the bible and not a recent addition. The following week we will start in on Romans. Banjo will be putting together a study guide for Romans- Look for it on the Twitters.

Sorry for not getting all of the Pax names. I’m letting 2 men down by forgetting. You know who you are and so does God, so your probably good.

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