In this first chapter of the biblical text we have found the thrust of James's entire letter: calling upon Christians to live with moral urgency, serious holiness and unconditional obedience to the word of God... View the entire commentary
Called to Joy
My friends Jim and Marie had devoted themselves to building what they had: a good income, a home in the country and two fine sons now grown into young men... View the entire commentary
When I was a non-Christian college student, the loving acceptance of Christian students in an InterVarsity chapter helped me to begin a serious investigation into the Christian faith... View the entire commentary
Temptations and Good Gifts
In the very midst of a trial, when I am feeling fear and sorrow and pain, if I am asked by a friend, "What danger or threat is there in your life now, that I may pray for you?" I would probably answer, "Pray for the deadly disease to be healed, or for my financial needs to be met, or for the people to stop doing the things that are injuring me... View the entire commentary
Be Quick to Listen
Typically for James's literary style, he presents his instructions through pairs of complementary or contrasting ideas... View the entire commentary
The Righteous Life That God Desires
When King David faced his times of most intense persecution and danger, he frequently prayed a rather impressive request... View the entire commentary
Do What the Word Says
It would be natural for James, as a Jew, to refer to the Old Testament Scriptures as "the word," since this is a designation found within the Old Testament itself... View the entire commentary
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