• James Kelley

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
James's church

Enon Chapel
Midway Park, North Carolina 28544

About James
  • Education: BA in Music Education Gardner-Webb College (grauated 1978) MDiv Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduated 1996) DMin in Evangelism and Church Growth The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (projected graduation 2007)
  • Experience: Pastor of Enon Chapel Baptist Church since June 3, 1987.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Give God the glory for what you find that is good and give me the blame for the rest.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: A friend invited me to hear Rick Careno preach at a youth rally at her church when I was sixteen. Although I don’t remember a lot of detail about that sermon, I still remember a verse he shared during the message: "God demonstrated His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 That verse whirled in my mind for three days until God convicted me of my sin and my need for Him. I am still grateful to God, my friend and Rick Careno for that lifechanging encounter.
  • Family: Rebecca Skipper Kelley has been my wife and best friend since June 3, 1978. We have three children: Joshua, Sarah and Benjamin.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: If they were still alive, they would probably still call me a turncoat for deserting the Methodist church of my youth.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Against any logical explanation, she is my biggest fan. She even finds something good to say when I really blow it.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Every message should have at least one point...otherwise they are pointless!
  • Books that have had an impact: The Soul Winner - Charles H. Spurgeon, The Normal Christian Life - Watchman Nee, and The Barbarian Way - Erwin McManus
  • Hobbies: Reading and golf
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A five year old got loose from his parents (why they didn’t make a dash for him I don’t know) and made his way up on the platform while I was speaking (he knew me well). I kept on with the message as I took him by the hand and walked him back to his parents.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Well done, My good and faithful servant.
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    Contributed on Sep 7, 2004
    based on 29 ratings

    Five prerequisites for a successful life

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  • Help In The Storm

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2004
    based on 34 ratings

    God is able to help us in the difficulties of everyday life.

    In coming to the disciples across the water, Jesus had literally said, "It is I Am". This must have made a strong impression on Peter which the Holy Spirit pressed to his heart as evidenced by his bold profession just two chapters later in Matthew’s narrative. 1. The deity of Christ compels us more

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    Contributed on Apr 12, 2004
    based on 30 ratings

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    Contributed on Jul 24, 2001
    based on 427 ratings

    Here are ten practical steps to strenghten your marriage.

    Building strong families gets tougher every day. Children spend less than 30 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their mothers and less than 15 minutes per week with their fathers. Households headed by unmarried people living together have quadrupled since 1970. According to a more

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    Contributed on Feb 26, 2001
    based on 138 ratings

    Satan assualts our mind with lies that cause us to mistrust our faithful God. This sermon deals with four of those lies.

    DEALING WITH DOUBT Romans 8:31-39 Introduction: A lie can be the most damaging force in the world. More powerful than an atomic bomb or a hurricane, the most harmless lie can damage your good name forever. Satan is the master liar and he will wreck your mind if you let him. He will more

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