Contributed on May 4, 2005
This is the introductory message to a series on the book of James. It explores the background of the letter, and then reviews the first 8 verses. The theme of the message involves the strive for holiness, and the wisdom available to us from God.
Today we launch our exploration through the book of James. Let’s start off with some James trivia. Bible trivia is great to play because everyone wins. If you know the answers, you get confirmation of your Biblical knowledge. If you don’t know the answers, you learn something new. It is a ...read more
Contributed on May 10, 2005
The second in a series walking through the book of James. This message explores the challenges which people have faced in finding their identity in financial status since the days of Christ, right up to today.
We are diving into our second week of study in the book of James. Let’s quickly recap what we learned about the book of James last week. Don’t be shy. If you know the answer, call it out. James is located in the Old or New Testament? (New) Anyone remember what number book James is out of ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2005
The third in a series walking through the book of James. This message deals with the issue of temptation, and how to grow in our ability to have victory over it.
(EARLY IN THE SERVICE) I need all children, ages 4 through 10 who like marshmallows to come up here. Okay kids. This is the deal. I have a marshmallow for you. And I’m going to ask you to take this back to your seat, and hold on to it for a little while. Now, if you can hold on to this ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2005
Fourth in a series walking through the book of James. This week’s message focuses on the need to spend time in God’s Word, and utilize it as a mirror to reflect on our lives.
When we started our series on the book of James back on the first Sunday of May, we played some Bible trivia. Especially surrounding the book of James. Well, back by popular demand, or just because I enjoy it. . .we have Bible trivia round two. On your message outline you will find a number of ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2005
The fifth in a series of sermons through the book of James. The focus of this message is on the sin of partiality and favoritism. Especially ways in which it takes place in the church today.
(This message contains a significant intro that is a personal life experience. Should be personalized to an example from the speakers life of prejudice/favoritsim/partiality being shown.) We have been working our way through the book of James. Chapter one is behind us and as you will see over ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2005
This is the sixth in a series walking through the book of James, and exploring ways to make our faith practical in daily life. This week explores true faith combining knowledge and emotions with action.
(This message was introduced with a clip from the movie "Signs", featuring Mel Gibson. During the movie, there is an evening conversation between the character played by Gibson and his brother. It takes place on a coach, with the children sleeping beside them, and is a powerful reflection on ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2005
This is the seventh in a series of sermons working through the book of James. This one focuses on the power of the tonuge, and the words we speak into the lives of others.
(To draw the attention of the congregation at the start of this sermon, we conducted an old fashioned soda taste taste with two adults in attendance. They were provided four unmarked sodas, and asked to identify the correct one - Coke, Pepsi, Diet Coke, Meijer. Seemed to really get everyone’s ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2005
This is the eight in a series of sermons walking through the book of James. This message focuses in on the two types of wisdom that James describes: wisdom from above (Godly), and wisdom from below (demonic). It also speaks to a difference between just
A little test this morning. You have 10 blanks there on your outline to answer the following questions - 1. How long would it take darkness to cover the earth if the sun went out? O 4 1/2 minutes O 8 1/3 minutes O 25 minutes O 2 hours O 1 day 2. What percentage of all forms of life that ...read more
Contributed on Jul 18, 2005
This is number nine in a series walking through the book of James. The focus of this message is "Sins of Ommission", and not doing good to those around us when we know we should.
We are nearing the end of our study through the book of James. As I encouraged you with Philippians, take some time over the next few days or weeks to read through the entire book in one setting. It will probably only take you 15 to 20 minutes. Sit down, and watch the flow of the things we have ...read more
Contributed on Jul 18, 2005
The tenth in a series walking through the book of James. This message contrasts the temporary nature of worldly wealth, with the eternal hope found in the coming day of the Lord. It is intended to provide hope for those in financial struggles needing to
There is no doubt that James is a book of tough teaching. In fact, I can just imagine there were probably recipients of this letter that were going through some really hard times. Maybe they had endured some persecution. We know that many of them were suffering financially. Life was not easy. ...read more