Reflection 5, "God's Perfect Gifts," unpacks James 1:16-18. To listen to the talk (13 mins), click on the play arrow below.


  1. Don’t be deceived. Don’t crack and crumble under the pressure of trials – don’t cave in!
  2. This requires us to think correctly about reality, about God.
  3. God is not fickle. He is good, and gives good gifts.
  4. He created the light(s), and he gave us new birth through the Word (see also 1 Pet 1:23; Eph 5:26).
  5. This birth contrasts with the “birth” of v.15!
  6. The life that we live requires sincere dedication to Him.


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