Don’t be fooled by its size. The letter of James may be small, but it’s strong. It refuses to let the reader hide behind the walls of theological theory or intellectual faith. True faith produces authenticity. “No authenticity…no faith”—that’s James’s conclusion on the matter. James’s letter may make us squirm, but it also makes us tear down our facades.
We shouldn’t be surprised at suffering—we should expect it. Suffering shapes us and matures our character.
Here are five key lessons kids learn through going through hard times with the sensitive guidance of their parents.
Suffering has a way of simplifying life. It stretches our faith and pulls us back to the basics of prayer and dependence on God.
True to James 1:2-4, my troubles tested my faith. They brought hardship and hidden tears, but, also true to Scripture, they became opportunities for great joy. Here are several insights I gleaned through my experience.
Like erosion temptation is quiet and subtle. This is why we need to stay on guard. If we don’t fight temptation daily we’ll eventually compromise.
Some books in the Bible teach profound theological doctrine like Paul’s epic letter to the Romans. Some tell amazing stories of powerful leaders who rose and fell. In this message, Chuck Swindoll describes a book that does neither. It’s a manual on how to walk with God.
When we meet with trials our typical response is resistance. But trials have a purpose, they help us mature and they teach us to depend on God.
We'll do anything to avoid the slightest semblance of pain. We have pills for headaches. Heaters for a cold house. Fast food when our stomach growls. But satisfying our physical needs doesn’t work in the spiritual realm. So what do you do when your troubles won't go away? Chuck Swindoll answers the question in this message.
Although often met with resistance and resentment, trials have a purpose: they stretch you. It is through trials you learn endurance. And it is through patient endurance you bring glory to God.