James, the half brother of Jesus, wrote to Jewish Christians in the first century who faced intense pressure. They had been dispersed because of persecution, and they faced increasing pressure to let faith live only in their heads instead of being evidenced in their lives. James beckoned these first believers to let these circumstances push them deeper in their journey with Jesus. Today, James invites believers to open their lives to the truth of God's Word and learn how to deal positively with trials and persecution.
With a virus crisis literally touching the entire globe, more than ever we need to turn to God in prayer. Our final sermon in James reveals how God does extraordinary things through ordinary people who pray.
Materialism is like a magnet that pulls us away from Christ into a very dangerous place. We'd be wise to heed the caution that James give us. For an additional resource this week, check out these songs to calm your soul during this time of uncertainty and angst: