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James writes: ‘Be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything’ (vv. 2-4). Trouble isn’t something we’re usually glad to have. In...

When someone else achieves something, we can end up feeling resentful. Maybe we wanted that success for ourselves, or maybe we feel threatened and insecure because someone’s done something better than us. But that’s not how God wants us to react. The Bible tells us to ‘rejoice with those who...

When someone says, ‘Make yourself at home,’ it means you’re welcome and accepted. And that’s what the Message version of the Bible is getting at when Jesus says, ‘Make yourselves at home in my love.’ You never have been and never will be loved by anyone as much as God loves you. The reason you...

Struggling to get through a tough breakup? Battling against people who don’t get what you’ve set out to do? Roughing it through a cold? It all needs patience. And in today’s verse, James gives us role models for patience, people to look to. Who? Well, it’s not immediately comforting. In verses...

About 75 percent of believers now live in developing countries, often in anti-Christian environments. Xu Yonghai is one of them. He worked to make house churches legal in China. The government responded by locking him up for two years in an eight-by-eight-foot cell in a Beijing prison. There was...

When you look back on your life (hopefully a few years from now), the thing that’ll give you the most joy is knowing you’ve done the will of God. It should be a pretty sweet moment. But to get there, you have to want to do God’s will. If you've cultivated a real, deep desire to do God's will,...

Before we all walked around with phones in our pockets, how did we find out what our old primary school friends had for lunch? What they thought about the weather? Our phones make everyone's thoughts way easier to access. So now, if someone asks, 'what does your best friend think about that news...

The Bible says, ‘Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them’ (1 John 2:15 NIV). But some of us act like loving the Lord more requires loving those around us less. We feel awkward around them, or lose touch with them, or forget...

Everybody wants a house built on rock. Nobody wants a house built on sand. But in Matthew 7, Jesus points out that it’s only wise people who actually bother to build on rock before storms come in. ‘Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built...

If you’d met Asaph, who wrote some of the psalms, you’d probably have thought he hadn’t a care in the world. But you’d have been wrong: ‘I came so close to the edge of the cliff! My feet were slipping and I was almost gone.’ Why? Because he saw bad people winning everywhere, and he was tempted...