The book of James is a very challenging book. James – the author – was the brother of Jesus, who was also the lead pastor of the first church in Jerusalem for many years. The people James was writing to were in spiritual trouble – they had become proud and critical. Prejudice, selfishness and careless speaking characterized their lives. His message challenges them to match their faith with their actions. This is a message that rings out to the church of every age, including ours.