This week's verse is James 5:16, a verse on prayer:
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."
In this passage, Christians are instructed to confess their sins "to one another", not necessarily to a priest, but to fellow Christians who are concerned with the matter being confessed. James also writes that a righteous man will know better what the will of God is and thus how to best pray to Him.
In church today, the pastor spoke about judgement. He said that there are two kinds of judgement; judgements based on scriptural principals, that is, direct instruction, and judgement based on differing opinions on debatable doctrine, such as matters relating to communion. Judgement, he said, is detrimental when focused on opinion based matters, but is constructive when it brings honor to the Lord. He said that we should let such a God-honoring attitude permeate our social life, worship, parenting, politics, and work. The general rule of thumb is that we are to let God's judgement guide our interactions.
I then went to help out in the second grade class during the second hour, in which a lesson was given on prayer. The teacher gave a lesson on the Lord's prayer and on the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, also known as the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, as detailed in Luke 18:9-14. I also organized a small tick-tack-toe tournament.