Labor Day 2020

Labor Day 2020...

This day probably has 1000 more meanings than any other Labor Day. For some, this is a day off from a job. For others, it's another day of homeschooling because the job site and the classroom are in the same place and neither can afford to get behind. Whether the view of this holiday is from quarantine, the hospital, at home, at work, in the company of a house full of people or none at all, Labor Day, for all of us, is an indicator of both what we have overcome AND how little time is left in this year.

Josh and I have been studying the book of James together. James was one of the first books in the Bible that we studied after Josh got injured and we got a little more serious about knowing what we believe. We both love the book of James because James is practical. As Jesus's half-brother, James grew up with the Savior of our world. If Christ's own sibling can be convinced that He was the Son of God, then we should all be convinced! Because James grew up with Jesus, He is practical and affirming in his accounts of not only who Jesus is, but what we can expect when we take up our cross and begin to follow Christ. On this Labor Day, I hope to spread some encouragement and reality.

Chapter 1

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ:

To the twelve tribes dispersed abroad.

Greetings. (told you he was practical)

Trials and Maturity

2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging