James 1:18 In 2012, an elderly woman in the city of Borja, Spain, realized that a familiar fresco painted on one of the walls was looking a little faded. The fresco, Ecce Homo (“Behold the man”), was a rendition of Christ standing trial before Pontius Pilate. The woman took it upon herself to attempt […]

    The Search for Relief People come to counseling because they want relief. The man whose life is being destroyed by his online gambling habit wants relief. The mother who worries that her efforts (and their results) are not good enough for God wants relief. The man whose demanding and ungodly boss is making […]

  James 1:16–17 What are you thinking? Perhaps you’re thinking about some problem from the past week, which is festering like an open sore. Perhaps you’re thinking about a relationship that you hope will bring you the happiness you’ve been craving for years. Perhaps you’re thinking about your latest status update on Facebook or Twitter. […]

  James 1:13–15 In The Odyssey, Homer tells of Odysseus’s long journey home after the Trojan War. At one point, Odysseus sails past an island in the Aegean Sea, where there are sirens (mythological bird-women) who lure sailors toward their island with their beautiful song. But the island is encircled with jagged rocks that destroy […]

  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps 111:10). The fear of God is a central biblical motif. “Of all things that are to be known,” writes Matthew Henry, “this is most evident, that God is to be feared, reverenced, served, and worshipped. This is so the beginning of knowledge that […]

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