United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: James

There are so many times I want God to just hand over my problems and let me figure out a solution. So many of us share the kryptonite of the “just let me do it” spirit.


I’m not too worried about the kind of bad words my child knows. What I want her to learn is the power of words to build up a person—and the power of words to tear down.


Strengthen your heart as you wait for God’s early and late rain. Be patient. Show endurance. Dig and hope.


Is doubt to be accepted or rejected in faith? When does doubt indicate humility, the willingness to be wrong? And when doubt mask as fear, the unwillingness to take risks in faith?


A beautiful thing about worship: it levels the distinctions between people. People just want to be one person among the people of God. Also, coffee. Coffee is non-negotiable.


Perhaps you sometimes work your faith to the bone. Perhaps you sometimes work-love yourself into exhaustion. And maybe you wonder what difference it all makes.


Donna Schaper

The pivot from suffering to joy, from pursuing “right-ness” to pursuing community, is found in the choice to love, even if all we have is a little love left in our broken hearts.


John Edgerton

The constant pursuit of new possibility and new beginnings is holy.


Richard L. Floyd

James makes knowing God sound easy, but I've never found it so.


Kenneth L. Samuel

According to the wisdom of Proverbs, our thoughts determine our reality, "for as a person thinketh, so is he/she." According to the Buddha, what you think you become; what you feel you attract; what you imagine you create.