James's church

Grace Fellowship of Sussex.
Franklin, New Jersey 07416

About James
  • Education: My wife and I both attended Columbia Bible College in Columbia, SC, and Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, NJ, from which I graduated in 1970.
  • Experience: By God’s grace, I was youth pastor and assistant pastor at Evangel Baptist in Springfield, NJ for four years; Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist in Manville, NJ for seventeen years; I have now minister in Sussex County, NJ.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Make sure you visit our website, where some of these sermons are more colorful, and illustrated. There is lots to see on our website - you will be so blessed :)
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Series on Revelation; series on the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • Family: My wife, Joy and I have three children and nine grandchildren. Our son & his wife work for Apple Computer in NJ; Our oldest daughter lives in PA with her husband and three of her four children. Our youngest daughter has five children, and she and her husband own European Plastering Co. in NJ
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She types them all out for me :) She sometimes has input :)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Bathe it in prayer, rely on God.
  • Books that have had an impact: 1. Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren 2. Power Through Prayer by E.M Bounds
  • Hobbies: walking, swimming, reading.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I once tripped on the microphone chord - that was back when I was Assistant Pastor at Evangel Baptist Church in Springfield, NJ. The youth group I led at the time thought it was pretty funny!
  • What I want on my tombstone: For me to live is Christ and to die is gain!
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  • All Is Well In 2012

    Contributed on Dec 28, 2011
    based on 15 ratings

    Hope for the new year - it may look hopeless, but God sees it differently.

    ALL IS WELL IN 2012 The theme God gave me for the New Year is this: “All is Well in 2012.” You may be thinking, ‘How can you say, ‘All is well in 2012’ when: -Islam is destroying the Middle East? -Communism is destroying China?-Hinduism is destroying more

  • Mothers - God's Precious Gift

    Contributed on May 6, 2003
    based on 206 ratings

    She is gracious to her household, she is gracious to her family, she is gracious to the needy, she is a woman of GRACE! A precious gift from God!

    MOTHERS...GOD’S PRECIOUS GIFT Mothers are a precious gift from God. The book of Wisdom (Proverbs) says there is a woman whose “children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.” (Prov. 31:29) more

  • Grape Expectations Part 1

    Contributed on Apr 17, 2002
    based on 174 ratings

    The Holy Spirit is not interested in producing a bunch of grapes with one big, fat grape and eight little, tiny grapes; but He wants us to grow in all nine characteristics simultaneously.

    We noticed when we first started this study that these qualities are called the FRUIT of the Spirit, not the FRUITS of the Spirit. So, "Conformity to Christ" is not symbolized by a "fruit salad," but by one multifaceted fruit. What do you think that fruit would be? A Bunch of GRAPES. more

  • Grape Expectations (2)

    Contributed on Apr 17, 2002
    based on 104 ratings

    In order to have a maximum yield, grape vines need lots of sunlight, just the right amount of rain, and pruning at the right time....Since chastening and pruning are both painful, how can we distinguish between them?

    GRAPE EXPECTATIONS part 2 Last week we started learning about the "cultivation of grapes." In order to have a maximum yield, grape vines need lots of sunlight, just the right amount of rain, and pruning at the right time. If a branch is bearing no fruit, the vinedresser more

  • Mango Of Meekness

    Contributed on Mar 30, 2002
    based on 154 ratings

    This is what Biblical meekness is all about: "Strength under control," "being unoccupied with self and genuinely concerned for God and others." It is the exact opposite of "self-assertiveness" and "self-interest."

    THE MANGO OF MEEKNESS Intro: A mango is a tropical fruit which hasn’t really "caught on" like the orange, the pineapple or the banana. For those who have acquired a taste for it, it’s sweet and delicious. But for those who haven’t, it’s "different" enough to taste "funny." more

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