There is an elegance in taking known information and discovering the truth about the unknown. James does that for us as we consider his words. He takes what we know to be true about faith and works, and leads us to discover the unknown – how they relate to one another and how they fit […]
One of the joys of life is the ability to communicate with others. It is a delight to speak, to listen, to share, and to tell all the details of life with one who is interested in what is being said. There comes a point in every conversation when action must be taken. Activity is […]
The problems of poverty and wealth are not unique to the first century, or the twenty-first. James addresses the true issues that face us today! The issue is not so much the amount of wealth at our disposal; it is a matter of our level of true and proper care for others. Our impartial God […]
There is more to the Christian experience than just knowing the “how,” “why,” and “what.” There comes a time when knowledge must be converted into meaningful action. James leads us into the application portion of his discussion – how our knowledge about trials is transformed into action. Our response to trials deals with our attitudes, […]
When difficulty arises, we often look at it and question “What is God doing?” The path seems too difficult, the pill too bitter to swallow, the prognosis too bleak, the pain too unbearable. This morning we look at God’s role in suffering – what does God say He is doing while we are suffering?
James’ prescription for times of difficulty, testing, and trials is seemingly simple: rejoice in the opportunity, realize God is at work, rely on perseverance to have its work of completing God’s plan, recognize that wisdom is not only needed but provided, and remember that you are God’s child with tremendous blessings no matter what else […]
Usually, when facing difficulty, the question is asked “Why me?” James reminds his audience – which includes us – to keep a right perspective when facing difficulty and times of testing. He tells us there are always those doing better, and those worse off then we are but that we need to maintain the right […]
We agree with James’ assessment of life – it comes with trouble! We agree that God uses even difficulty to perfect us and show how powerfully present He is; but how do we hold on while patience is accomplishing its work? Is there any help available? James says there is! Help is not only available, but […]
Whether we expect it or not, we will all face trouble in our lives. James tells us how it is possible to successfully face trouble when it enters our life. We successfully face trouble by making a counting, a knowing, and an allowing. Listen as those details are explained.
The book of James speaks specifically to matters of practical Christian living, where theology meets practicality. James plainly speaks to topics that are as relevant today as they were in the first century. This morning, we meet James, hear his evaluation of himself, and understand the basis for putting feet to our faith: a faithful and […]