Genuine living faith is costly, in selflessness, sacrifice, humility, obedience to God and godly love. Yet, James taught, it is this genuine faith that receives the crown of life from God.
Most people do not care about what you know, they want to know that you care.
The third way James teaches that faith grows is by believing the word of God, in faith and expressing God’s word in actions
You and I always have the option of asking God for wisdom. Will fulfilling the desire in these circumstances be for good, and God’s glory?
Since the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon, the Jews in exile had been observing a series of fasts in memory of all that had happened to them.
Have you ever bought a knock-off? It looks just like the real thing until it starts to unravel, or crack, or the zipper breaks. You may be kind of suspected that it was not the real deal, but . . . what a great price, right?
James letter was written possibly in the mid-to-late 50’s AD, more as a circular of wisdom and exhortation, to be passed from community to community, much like the letter written by the Jerusalem Council around 50 AD, recorded in Acts 15.
These were the team Tychicus and Onesimus had only recently left in order to courier Paul’s missives to the region of Phrygia, four stalwart co-campaigners, weathered and seasoned in the work of the Lord.
Tradition holds Philemon not only reinstated Onesimus, he sent him back to Paul with both blessing and provision.
Back in the 1950’s, two American psychologists, Joe (Joseph Luft) and Harry (Harrington Ingham), were collaborating together on trying to describe the various stages of awareness that happen when people communicate with each other.