Previous Posts Next Posts

Watermark Community Church

Byron Gossett

Byron Gossett

My name is Byron Gossett. I live In Fort Worth, Texas, with my wife of 39 years, Tricia. For 40 years, I have been a cattleman and farmer in the Texas Panhandle. We have three married adult children and a 17-month-old granddaughter. Over the past nine years, I have cultivated a second career of serving as a consultant to companies, ministries, families, and individuals. In this role, my job is to "build bridges" in both relational and strategic ways to help my clients achieve their goals. I am a college sports fan, especially TCU and TAMU.

September 1, 2014

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU JUST DID THAT! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!?!

James 4:11-17
10 comments Print Print

James 4:11-17

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. [1] The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:11 Or brothers and sisters

Comments

The views expressed under “Comments” are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Watermark Community Church.
  1. Dean

    Sep 01, 2014 10:26

    The only way to know God's will for our lives is to read the Word and pray regularly. In my experience, if I am obedient in this discipline, humility normally follows me around all day. Of course, using the Holy Spirit as my seeing eye companion also helps.

  2. Todd Wagner

    Sep 01, 2014 10:08

    One of my favorite things about the journey is "seeing" friends and co-laborers I don't get to see often enough. Grateful for your years of faithfulness Byron and grateful that these years we are being given the gift of loving and serving our King together. As James says we don't know how many more days/years we will have to do it!

  3. Jason Hill

    Sep 01, 2014 09:55

    Byron, Thank you for your time and encouragement to many of my friends who are with you on Tuesday mornings. Your impact has been felt by many. Hope you see you this Fall! Hebrews 10:24-25

  4. Sue Bohlin

    Sep 01, 2014 09:24

    Thanks so much, Byron. It occurred to me for the first time that none of Jesus' siblings probably ever saw Him get a spanking for disobedience or hard-heartedness--and they must have thought, "That's not faaaaaaair!" But the (much) bigger picture is that their Brother was on earth to take the "spankings" for every person on the planet in a far worse way than any child's parental discipline. Talk about what's not faaaaaaair! . . . Right before I picked up my Bible to read today's passage, I saw a text about a lady my age who had suffered a brain aneurysm and was just declared brain dead. It was a painful reminder of how fragile life is, and how we can't take tomorrow for granted. Then I read v. 14, "yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." Since I have no promise of tomorrow, I choose to be grateful for what God has given to me today--and that includes LIFE. Especially my beloved husband's.

  5. Anonymous

    Sep 01, 2014 08:57

    Hi Byron, you don't know me but I know you! You have been a catalyst in changing my relationship with my brother. Thank you for being a mentor to others and showing them a better way. I don't know details, but you are a bright light. I just know results, things are changing, and transformation is taking place through the renewing of minds. Praise God for his blessing through you.

  6. Alonso

    Sep 01, 2014 07:56

    Having Jesus as an older brother would've been very interesting. It can be challenging for me to read James because he had an older brother that was a perfect role model. I'm an older brother to Alex and am currently in the process of making amends and restoring our relationship that was nearly destroyed over the course of several years due to physical and verbal abuse on my end during my years of active addiction to drugs and alcohol. The book of James does give me hope now throughout my recovery because he shows me how to be a loving brother. Faith and Endurance 2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

  7. Janie Irwin

    Sep 01, 2014 07:40

    Great reminder to love one another.... So good to hear a wonderful message from a dear friend. Your family is missed greatly in AMA. Blessings to all...

  8. trey Collins

    Sep 01, 2014 06:42

    Byron, thankful for this scripture this morning. I gravitated towards the part about tomorrow being in the Lord's hands, this is something that is a good reminder for me. Praying for you today!

  9. Pat Dunne

    Sep 01, 2014 06:36

    In verses 7 & 8 in taking steps like humble yourself before the Lord. For me that often involves complete surrender and submission to God. Confessing aloud that God is in control and I yield and submit. Enjoyed lesson today Byron. I remember you well from our Amarillo days in the past. Elia and I are members of Watermark in Dallas.

  10. HopeH

    Sep 01, 2014 05:50

    In the Message verses 11&12 say we are not in charge of human destiny that only God is. I think often judgement comes from a place where we need to be right. One of the most freeing lessons I have learned is it is not my place to convict, or convince someone they are wrong John 16:8 it is the Holy Spirits job. Mine is to love others well

Leave a Comment