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Summary: God wants to give us an Extreme Makeover: becoming new on the inside. While we are all eligible, the book of James gives us four requirements we need to know about going into our makeover.

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God’s EXtreme MAKEOVER:

"Eligibility Requirements"

James 1:1-12

His Place Sept 21, 2008

NOTE: I was the guest speaker this morning and this was my daughter’s first Sunday back from her YWAM adventure - she gave the morning greeting and testimony of how god was working n her life. It dovetailed nicely with the message topic.

Can there be anything better than to see your children grow in their faith?

3 JN 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

• Same Heidi on the out side – becoming new on the inside…

• Process Bruce talking about in PDL – Become something… - Like Christ!

• If think about it, pretty EXtreme MAKEOVER – us – like Christ

How many have watched Extreme Makeover? – curious - what does it take to be contestant - what these people agree to.

Here’s what I found: they want you to expose everything about yourself…

• Citizenship, age, employment, criminal record, mental health, etc…

• You waive all your legal rights to your "likeness" - You have no say in how they might want to exploit you for their show.

Listen to this: You agree to undergo "without limitation" - any cosmetic or

plastic surgery - at the sole discretion of the Producer.

How about this: Must allow them to use "all or any part of my likeness, and

may alter or modify it regardless of whether or not I am recognizable."

If don’t agree to abide by their rules – you’re ineligible to participate.

While God doesn’t exactly have eligibility requirements like that, there are some things we have to be on board with if His work in us successful…

• Good news is nothing disqualifies participate – “whosever will may come..” - where difference end - If want God’s EM successful…

• We must waive our rights to our "likeness" as well - Christ likeness!

• We have agree undergo "without limitation" whatever God wants to do.

• And if our likeness is unrecognizable afterwards - then SUCCESS!!

As we get into James this morning we’re going to look at 4 things that we need to understand going in, for God’s Extreme Makeover - successful.

Because we can short-circuit the process if don’t cooperate w/His plan

OK? - So let’s look at 4 requirements from the book of James…

JAS 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. – entire sermon on 1st ver.

JAS 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

• How many of you go straight to joy when you’re in a trial?

• Kind of wonder about people like that – tend more like chippie…

Anyone here own a parakeet? – cleaning is hassle – Chippies owner vacuuming feathers off floor – brilliant idea! – vacuum bottom of cage… don’t try this at home kids…

The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up… and "ssssopp!" No more Chippie! – problem solved! - The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie -- still alive, but stunned.


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