8a)
According to James,believers should be the doers of
the word and not hearers only. For if they are more
hearers, they are
like a man who observes his face in a
mirror but soon as he goes away he forgets what his face
looks like.
He who has heard the perfect law and preserves in its by his
actions,shall be blessed in his doing. For somebody to be
truly religious, he must bridle his tongue,else his religion is
in vain,he is decieving himself.

To buttress his teaching,James spoke about Abraham’s
justification, not merely for his matching action that the
scripture was fulfilled which says that Abraham believed
God,and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.

James also cited Rahab’s faith in the God of Israel, she
proved this by recieving Joshua’s messengers.

(8b)

(i) Giving to charity

(ii) Seed sowing

(iii) Tithe

(1a)

Jacob loved joseph more than any of his older son due to
this love this made his other brothers jealous of him and
when he was seventeen years old he reported the ill deeds
of his brothers to to their father but this did not stop his
brother from hating him the more they speak unkindly to
him and he was been treated like an outcast among his
brothers.

The hatred aggrevated when Joseph had two mysterious
that shows that he was more elevated than his brothers
i.e he was a leader in the dream in which the moon and
stars bow down for him and this prompted his brother to
sell him

(1b)

Joseph was able to reconciled with his
brothers when they came to buy food in
egypt during the seven years of famine as been
prophesized by joseph.He sold the food to them without
collecting money
from them but he did not reveal his
identity and called them spies and
imprisoned them and when they came
back the second time he decided to
forgive and reconciled with them.He asked all his officers
and workers to leave
the room .he was left alone with his
brothers.He then wept out loud and he
asked if his father is alive

(1c)

-Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers displayed a high
degree of magnanimity

-We are to promote peace and love
among our subordinates through
forgiveness and reconciliation

-Our leaders should learn to discover their
failings and resolve to amend their individual ways of
dealing with their
subjects

(7a)

The Conversion
According to Luke’s historical record (Acts
9:1ff), Saul, armed with arrest warrants for those of the
Christian Way, departed from Jerusalem en route to ancient
Damascus, some 140 miles to the north.

As he drew near that city, a light brighter
than the noonday sun suddenly engulfed
him. A voice inquired: “Saul, Saul, why do you continue to
persecute me?” The
double use of his name suggests a
reproof (cf. Matthew 23:37; Luke 10:41;
22:31). Saul responded: “Who are you,
Lord?” The title “Lord” was employed at
this point as a mere term of respect, for he knew not who
had addressed him.

The voice was identified as Jesus of
Nazareth! The stunned persecutor was
instructed to enter Damascus where he
would be informed as to what he “must
do.” Blinded as a consequence of this miraculous vision in
which Christ actually
appeared to him (9:17; 1 Corinthians
15:8), Saul was led into the city.
For three agonizing days he fasted and
prayed. Finally, Ananias, a messenger
selected by God, arrived. He restored Saul’s sight and
commanded him to

“Arise, and be baptized, and wash away
your sins, calling on his name” (Acts
22:16). After certain days passed, the
former persecutor began to proclaim
among his fellow Jews that Jesus “is the Son of God” (see
Acts 9:19-22).

(4a)
Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message
to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy
against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot
bear all his words. For this is what Amos is saying:
“ ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
and Israel will surely go into exile,
away from their native land.’ ”

Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go
back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do
your prophesying there.Don’t prophesy anymore at
Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the
temple of the kingdom.”

Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet
nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I
also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD
took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go,
prophesy to my people Israel.’ Now then, hear the
word of the LORD. You say,

“ ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
and stop preaching against the descendants of
Isaac.’

“Therefore this is what the LORD says:

“ ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and daughters will fall by the
sword.

Your land will be measured and divided up,
and you yourself will die in a pagan c country.

And Israel will surely go into exile,
away from their native land.’ ”
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