In New York City, the watchword has become “If you see something, say something” to deal with threats to safety and personal well-being. In the Old Testament, a group of men with nothing to lose decide to take an incredibly daring opportunity – and realti that what they find is too good to keep to themselves. […]
James wants his readers to remember that God operates on a different time schedule than they, and it is different from the one you or I carry, too! For the people of James’ day – and for you and I today – patience is needed when we are mistreated and advantage is taken of us. […]
James addresses those that were living out their everyday life claiming to be submitted to God, yet not showing any sign of that submission in their daily walk. Even the way they looked forward to the future needed to be submitted to God. A properly submitted life will properly plan for the future in every […]
When we are not properly submitted to God, we are tempted to use our tongues to jealously, selfishly, brutally treat others. James wants his audience to remember who they are as followers of Christ and respond accordingly. Let’s answer that question that James asks: Who are you?
James continues to discuss practical matters with his audience. He turns to the matter of how they live out their relationship to God. In the discussion, he gives them 10 pointed commands that require immediate action. To use the driving analogy, he sets up 10 road signs along the way of life for believers to heed […]
Every person who has ever lived – with the possible exception of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel – have heard their parents admonish them about the choice of their friends. It is always an important issue. In the first century, James addresses the issue of friendship with his audience in the context of their submission. […]
The Christian life is a battlefield, not a recreation room. For too many believers, the recreation room mentality is firmly embedded. When believers finally realize there is a battle to be fought, they often display confusion and instead of fighting the real enemies they turn on one another. James addresses this as he turns his […]
The Christian life is more than a game. James instructs his audience in the proper use of their tongue to speak life into the lives of others. If we are going to do that successfully, we need to have REAL wisdom and not fabricated sayings. This morning, James instructs us in using our words to […]
Knowing that words are such a powerful influence in life, James urges his audience to put them to good use. Today, we hear James plead with us to allow our words to speak life to others. If you and I would use our speech to positively influence others, we must speak carefully, cautiously, and consistently.