Contributed on Feb 5, 2019
Trials that test us will toughen our faith if we don’t allow temptations to trip us up. Trials from without and temptations from within are no match for the Christian who stands in truth from above.
Persevering Through Trials February 2-3, 2019 James 1:1-18 Rev. Brian Bill A man who filed an insurance claim was asked for additional information from the company. Here’s his response. I am a bricklayer by trade. On the date of the accident I was working alone on the roof of a new six-story ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2019
If you want God’s favor, don’t treat people with favoritism.
Over 30 years ago, when I was serving on a church staff in the Chicago area, Paul Harvey, the nationally recognized radio personality, attended one of our services. Harvey passed away in 2009 and had a radio show for over 50 years, reaching 26 million people a week. As soon as the service was ...read more
Contributed on Feb 22, 2019
We’re not saved by works, but saved people do God’s work.
Proving Your Faith James 2:14-26 Rev. Brian Bill February 23-24, 2019 I’ve always enjoyed reading church signs. Here are some of my favorites… • Whoever is praying for snow…please stop. I confess. That’s on me. • God’s love is deeper than this snow. I’m so grateful for Gary Pinger’s ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2019
A worldly person breaks peace, while a wise person makes peace.
The Wisdom of Being a Peacemaker James 3:13-18 Rev. Brian Bill March 9-10, 2019 Conflict is everywhere, isn’t it? Lady Astor once said to Churchill, “Winston, if you were my husband, I’d put poison in your coffee.” Churchill responded with his cutting wit: “Nancy, if you were my wife, I’d drink ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2019
Live as if this is the last day of your life.
Living in Light of Eternity James 4:13-17 Rev. Brian Bill March 23-24, 2019 I read a compelling book several years ago called, “The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist.” Here’s how it begins: “Hi, my name is Craig Groeschel, and I’m a Christian Atheist. For as ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2019
How I steward my wealth reveals my spiritual health.
The Dangers of Self-Indulgence James 5:1-6 Rev. Brian Bill March 30-31, 2019 When I was about 12 years old I was asked if I would be interested in cleaning out the house of a woman who had passed away. I eagerly agreed, thinking this would be an easy way to make some shekels. I wasn’t prepared ...read more
Contributed on Apr 6, 2019
When you’ve been wronged, wait on the Lord’s return and do what’s right.
What to Do When You’re Waiting James 5:7-12 Rev. Brian Bill April 6-7, 2019 How many of you find it difficult to wait? Listen to these stats. • Each year we spend around 13 hours on hold. • The average person spends six months of their life waiting in lines. To bring it closer to home, we’re ...read more