Continual prayer and reconciliation

Today’s a busy day — heading out later for the wedding of my godson this weekend — so here’s a post about James of Jerusalem from two years ago.

I still find James to be a fascinating figure, and I think you will, too.

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Icon of James of Jerusalem, found at http://sothl.com/2011/10/17/october-23-james-of-jerusalem/ Icon of James of Jerusalem, found at http://sothl.com/2011/10/17/october-23-james-of-jerusalem/

Seven times a day do I praise you, *
because of your righteous judgments. 
Great peace have they who love your law; *
for them there is no stumbling block. 
I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, *
and have fulfilled your commandments. 
I have kept your decrees *
and I have loved them deeply. 
I have kept your commandments and decrees, *
for all my ways are before you.
(Psalm 119:164-168)

James of Jerusalem, the brother of Jesus, is called the Just because of his decision not to place restrictions on Gentile converts (Acts 15:19).

He was an early leader of the movement Jesus started, even though he wasn’t a believer until after his brother died. After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to Peter and the 12 apostles, then to about 500 followers, then to James, and then to all of…

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