• Providence and Evil

    James 1:13

    We see God’s ordination of wickedness for a good end most clearly in the crucifixion. God used the evil plans of Christ’s enemies to fulfill His good plan for His people (Acts 2:23). An evil act is ...Read More

  • The Fourth Petition

    James 1:16–17

    Paul tells us that the failure to thank God for His blessings is one of the two basic sins of which all fallen people are guilty (Rom. 1:21). This means, among other things, that we tend toward ingratitude and ...Read More

  • Praying in Faith

    James 1:5–8

    Many people today believe that Jesus promises them a high-paying job, a big house, health, and other physical blessings. They presume upon God’s grace, naming and claiming such things as their own. Yet while we may certainly ask for ...Read More

  • The Gifts God Gives

    James 1:12–18

    James focuses here on one excuse we may use to rationalize our sin. We are not only practiced sinners but practiced rationalizers. We do not hesitate to blame our environment or genetics or the sovereignty of God. Some even claim ...Read More

  • God is Good

    James 1:12-18

    By faith we perceive that God is good, even when we are walking through the most difficult trials. If you are having difficulty seeing the goodness of the Lord in your current situation, know that His mercies are new every ...Read More

  • Providence and Evil

    James 1:13

    Those who would use the problem of evil to deny the existence of God have a problem. As many theologians and philosophers have taught, evil is a negative idea, a parasite on the good. Without a previously existing, eternal, and ...Read More

  • The General Epistles

    James 1:27

    Take some time to read through the book of James before we begin our studies tomorrow. As you read, meditate on a few of the verses, and pray that the Holy Spirit would begin to open your mind and heart ...Read More

  • No Partiality

    James 2:1–4

    In today’s passage, we see the high Christology of James who refers to Jesus as the “Lord of glory” (v. 1). His glory is that which is to be esteemed above all else in the church. Thus there is ...Read More

  • Undefiled Religion

    James 1:26–27

    Does your relationship with Jesus impact others? Do you know when to bridle your tongue for the sake of edifying other believers? Does your relationship manifest itself in a religion of service that helps to provide for widows and orphans ...Read More

  • Doers of the Word

    James 1:22–25

    “The law of liberty” (v. 25) refers to the whole of the Word of God, more specifically, the old covenant laws and promises and their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. How do you look at the Law? Do you go to ...Read More

  • Recieve With Meekness

    James 1:21

    Are you continually making an effort to receive the “implanted word” with meekness and humility? Are you being diligent with the tools that help you learn the Word of God such as Bible study and hearing the preached Word? Take ...Read More

  • Slow to Anger

    James 1:19–20

    All of us can recall times when we were too quick to speak and not quick enough to hear the whole story. Some of the most hurtful things that we have said or that have been said to us have ...Read More

  • Every Good Gift

    James 1:16–18

    Though it is hard for us to understand, the Bible is clear that even in evil God is working out good things for His people. In the midst of the most terrible circumstances, God prepares good gifts for us, some ...Read More

  • Temptation’s Source

    James 1:13–15

    God is never responsible for the evil in this world or the temptations that may produce it. He may ordain evil for the purposes of His good plan, but all wickedness that comes about is from the evil inclinations of ...Read More

  • The Crown of Life

    James 1:12

    What are the trials in your life? Are you currently facing some sort of persecution for your faith in Christ? Do you find yourself suffering from an illness? Is a lack of money causing you to doubt, or is the ...Read More