James

Today I want to talk about James. And yes it’s true that my dear husband’s formal first name is James, but, I am not talking about my husband Jim here in this posting. I love James – both my husband, and the New Testament Book of James! I don’t know about you, but I have so many verses in the Book of James highlighted. I find that I return to those verses time and time again. James, the half-brother of Jesus, imparts so much practical wisdom that we can apply to our daily lives.

Need advice on what to do during trials? Check the Book of James.

Want to learn what member part of our body causes us the most problems? Check the Book of James.

What to do when you feel far away from God? Check the Book of James.

Need to find wisdom? Check the Book of James.

Want to know what Godly wisdom is? Check the Book of James.

Want to know where good gifts come from? Check the Book of James.

How should you treat both the poor and the rich? Check the Book of James.

Think that God tempts you with evil? Check the Book of James.

How should you demonstrate your faith? Check the Book of James.

What should come out of your mouth? Check the Book of James.

What happens when you give into worldly passions? Check the Book of James.

Want to get closer to God? Check the Book of James.

Who receives grace from God? Check the Book of James.

What happens when you humble yourself before God? Check the Book of James.

Who is the true lawgiver and judge? Check the Book of James.

What is boasting in arrogance? Check the Book of James.

What happens to the rich? Check the Book of James.

How about exhibiting patience? Check the Book of James.

How about complaining? Check the Book of James.

What happens to the steadfast? Check the Book of James.

Should you swear to an oath? Check the Book of James.

Do you say what you mean, and mean what you say? Check the Book of James.

What should you do when you are suffering? Check the Book of James.

What should you do when you are cheerful? Check the Book of James.

How to treat the sick? Check the Book of James.

Pray with faith? Check the Book of James.

To whom should you confess your sins? Check the Book of James.

With whom should you pray? Check the Book of James.

What does the prayer of a righteous person have? Check the Book of James.

All that and more from just five short chapters!

I read in a commentary, that the early Church stated that James was much devoted to prayer, so no wonder he addresses prayer quite frequently. Lore says that James spent so much time on his knees that he had super thick callouses that were likened to the callouses on Camel’s knees, thus James earned the name “The man with Camel’s knees.”

While I pray frequently, I appears to me that I certainly have not approached the level of prayer in my life that James approached – my knees certainly don’t look like camel’s knees! The Book of James inspires me to up my prayer life.

And, another item of interest about the Book of James. Biblical scholars place the writing of the Book of James around 44-49 A.D., making it the earliest written book in the New Testament Canon.

What’s your favorite verse(s) from James?

Do you have camel knees?


2 thoughts on “James

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s