Contributed on Nov 30, 2017
We need to patiently endure as we wait for the soon coming of our Lord Jesus.
HANG IN THERE! Text: James 5:7-12 Introduction 1. Illustration: Several years ago, an experiment on endurance was conducted at the University of California at Berkeley. The experiment involved placing Norwegian field rats in a tub of water, where they were forced to swim until they grew ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2017
Anything that we put ahead of God in our life will be destroyed in the end.
The Perils Of The Rich And Famous Text: James 5:1-6 Introduction 1. "There are people so poor that the only thing they have is money." -- Unknown "He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has." -- Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887) 1. We tend to think that ...read more
Contributed on Nov 10, 2017
If you want to succeed ask God's what he wants you to do.
Planning And The Will Of God Text: James 4:13-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: On September 11, Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell watched the television in his boss’ office as a second hijacked airplane slammed into the World Trade Center. The Army officer had no idea that minutes later madmen would ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2017
Our job is to be concerned with where we are in our relationship with God, and let God worry about others.
Who's The Judge? Text: James 4:11-12 Introduction 1. Illustration: Whether or not to judge others is a hot topic in the Church today. Most of us would say that we are not the judge of our fellow Christians. However, is that what we are practicing? Do we pass judgment on others without ...read more
Contributed on Oct 11, 2017
God's desire is for us to desire Him.
Drawing Close To God Text: James 4:1-10 Introduction 1. Illustration: In 1857 there was a 46 year old man named Jeremiah Lamphere who lived in New York City. Jeremiah loved the Lord tremendously, but he didn’t feel that he could do much for the Lord until he began to feel a burden for the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2017
Like faith, true wisdom is seen in our actions.
TRUE WISDOM Text: James 3:13-18 INTRODUCTION 1. Illustration: Have you ever heard the phrase, "Out of the mouth of babes?" Certainly you have. It comes from the simple truth that sometimes it takes a child to reveal lasting wisdom. It seems foolish but it isn’t! For example: · ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2017
To become mature follower of Jesus we need to learn to watch what we say.
TAMING THE TONGUE Text: James 3:1-12 Introduction 1. Piccard and Richard Conniff writes in National Geographic that on January 12, 1997, two Swiss men, Bertrand Piccard and Wim Verstraeten, set out to be the first to CIRCLE THE EARTH in a balloon. Their aircraft was called the Breitling ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2017
Don't tell me about your faith, show it to me!
Faith In Action Text: James 2:14-18 Introduction 1. Illustration: Samuel Bradburn, an ASSOCIATE OF JOHN WESLEY, was highly respected by his friends and used by God as an effective preacher. On one occasion he was in desperate financial need. When Wesley learned of his circumstances, he ...read more
Contributed on Aug 17, 2017
We must love regardless of a person's race, creed or socio-economic status.
Racism Is A Sin Text: James 2:8-13 Introduction 1. Illustration: I heard about an African-American who tried to attend a church. Sadly, the church wouldn’t even let him attend a service. The pastor said, "You just need to pray about it." About three weeks later the pastor saw him and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2017
In God's kingdom color doesn't matter, so we should see Christians of all races as our brothers and sisters.
No Place In The Church Text: James 2:1-7 Introduction 1. Illustration: Prejudice is a disease of the mind that affects the heart. Prejudice is, literally, a pre-formed opinion, usually unfavorable, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings or inaccurate stereotypes. We are all ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2017
The Bible is our instruction manual so we must read it and put it into practice.
Acting And Doing Text: James 1:21-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: Several years ago, when Melissa and Daniel were todlers, we bought a new bookcase for our living room. It was one of those one that come in a box and you have to take out all the parts and put it together. It comes with ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2017
We should be willing to truly listen before we speak.
Two Ears One Mouth Text: James 1:19-20 Introduction 1. Admittedly we all have trouble listening. Maybe we are watching our favorite TV program, and our husband or wife is talking to us about something that is important to them. As they talk, we may mumble, "Hmm", "Yeah", and "Uh ...read more
Contributed on Jun 19, 2017
God is making you better through your troubles so consider them an opportunity for joy!
An Opportunity For Joy Text: James 1:1-4 Introduction 1. Illustration: "Joy in Christ requires a commitment to working at the Christian lifestyle. Salvation comes as a gif, but the joy of salvation demands disciplined action. Most Christians I know have just enough of the Gospel to make ...read more
Contributed on Jun 19, 2017
When we face troubles in our life we should ask God for the wisdom to understand what He is doing in our lives.
Let Them Ask Text: James 1:5-8 Introduction 1. Illustration: Automaker Henry Ford asked electrical genius Charlie Steinmetz to build the generators for his factory. One day the generators ground to a halt, and the repairmen couldn't find the problem. So Ford called Steinmetz, who tinkered ...read more