Contributed on Jul 14, 2015
Count it pure joy in times of trial, testing and temptation??? That's CRAZY, right? No so fast, partner! This whole plan of salvation us upside down to this world; God dying for our sins? Why not joy in times of trouble! God is for us and with us! PTL!!
As we take a look at our newest memory Scripture let’s look at the preceding verse James 1:1 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.” Who is this James? There were two of the twelve named ...read more
Contributed on Oct 7, 2015
Controlling the tongue. Why is it so hard? Is the control of the tongue a valid indicator of our spiritual condition? James give us some illustrations that are very useful in defining the ravages of an out of control tongue.
Let’s ponder on this for a moment before we plunge into today’s Scripture. 1 Samuel 2:2 “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.” If you are a son or daughter of God you are one of the most privileged souls in ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2015
Wisdom! The Lord has it and He wants you to get it from Him! We need to pursue the Lord and His wisdom with a single minded focus in order to glorify God by being "a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ".
Wisdom! Is there anyone here who is wise and has all of the wisdom they will ever need? And, you all have probably heard the old quote attributed to Yogi Berra about the fork in the road, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” Life is filled with forks in the road, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2015
Those in humble circumstances and those who are rich undergo testing. This is a continuation of the opening themes of testing, endurance and victory in the first chapter of James.
Today as we continue in the first chapter of the book of James we will be looking specifically at verses 9 through 12 but before we get into those verses let's read starting at verse one to refresh our minds with what the Lord is saying through James. James 1:1-12 “James, a servant of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2015
Earlier in the first chapter of James much has been said about testing and trials but now James turns his attention to temptation. How are they alike and how are they different, especially since the Greek word is the same for both? Let's take a look!
James 1:1-15 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2015
These verses follow teaching on testing and trials. Is it possible that testing and trials could be considered good and perfect gifts from the Father of the heavenly lights? It all depends if you're walking with Him or away from Him.
(Pastor Steve starts the first section - co-preaching with Pastor Karenlee) The Scripture that we’ll be taking a look at today is … James 1:15-18 “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2015
In this passage James speaks to us about "human" anger and the moral filth of the world. He then compares the Word of God to a spiritual mirror that we need to look into intently if we desire to be spiritually presentable to God.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at James 1:19-25 James 1:19-25 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2015
This sermon is from James 1:26-27 and 2:14-26 as they both seem to be talking to the same topic of deeds and how those deeds proceed from true faith.
James 1:26-27 “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2015
Why is showing preference to the rich a sin? And, is it really as much of a sin as murder or adultery?
Today we are back into the book of James, the half-brother of Jesus, who is writing to Jews who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus, the Messiah, for salvation. These Christian Jews are scattered among the nations but the message is for us as well. We are gentiles, redeemed by the blood of ...read more