Ecclesiastes 2:17. Sin leads to the disintegration to every area of life, especially work. Dependence on Jesus, and not just abstract belief, is the only way to an unshakeable, purposeful life of work.
James 5:1-6. A stern and needed warning to the wicked rich who place their trust in money and not in Jesus.
James 4:11-12. James returns to the sin and danger of our language. When we defame others with our language it reveals a deeper sin problem that resides in our hearts.
James 4:1-3. Although it seems that externally we are being attacked by others, the real war is taking place internally with with our passions and desires.
James 3:5b-12. James continues his thought concerning the dangers of our tongue and how it is fueled by hell.
James 3:1-5. Our language is capable of doing so much damage, we must be cautious in who speaks and preaches the Bible.
James 2:14-20. Often we falsely equate spiritual maturity with knowledge. James blows that out of the water and says that works give evidence to spiritual maturity and any faith without works is dead.
James 2:21-26. We are prone to self-deception. What can we point to as justification to ourselves and to others as the legitimacy of our faith?
James 2:8-13. When we use works as the basis for our good standing with God, we quickly realize that the very system we trust to save us actually fails us.
Looking at James 1:13-17 we see the nature and character of man as it relates to sin/death and are left hopeless. However, in verse 17 James tells of the Father of Lights, who has provided a way through Jesus.