Scripture teaches that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (Jas. 2:17). The epistle of James generates much thinking and discussion regarding works and salvation. An elderly missionary said, I did not receive
We live in a culture that is deteriorating partly because of its loss of a moral standard. Since its inception, Christianity has provided a true moral standard by promoting and being committed to the biblical
The entry this week focuses on the trials and afflictions of believers. Often these times turn out to be blessings in disguise. In the very beginning of his epistle, James described his relationship to the
“(Heb. `ahalim), a fragrant wood (Num. 24:6; Ps. 45:8; Prov.” “7:17; Cant. 4:14), the Aquilaria agallochum of botanists, or, as” “some suppose, the costly gum or perfume extracted from the wood.” “It is found in China, Siam, and Northern India, and grows to the” height sometimes of 120 feet. This species is of great rarity “even in India. There is another and more common species, called” “by Indians aghil, whence Europeans have given it the name of” “Lignum aquile, or eagle-wood. Aloewood was used by the Egyptians” for embalming dead bodies. Nicodemus brought it (pounded aloe-wood) to embalm the body of Christ (John 19:39); but whether this was the same as that mentioned elsewhere is uncertain. “The bitter aloes of the apothecary is the dried juice of the leaves Aloe vulgaris.
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