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  • Favoritism

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Mar 19, 2001
    based on 64 ratings
     | 4,130 views

    Favoritism is a serious mistake because: 1. It is a sin. 2. Appearances can be deceiving 3. God opposes the proud.

    I vividly remember talking with another pastor one day who had been given a very impressive appointment to one of the largest churches in our conference. As he was talking to me and a couple of other pastors, he was explaining how different this church was from his previous experiences. ...read more

  • No Favorites

    Contributed by Tim Vamosi on Jan 7, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,443 views

    don’t assume that one person is more important than another – don’t treat people differently.

    "No Favorites" James 2:1-13 OPEN: So today we are going to continue our expository study through the book of James and this morning we are starting into chapter two of this marvelous book. This morning Pastor James -- the pastor of the church in Jerusalem - wants to talk to us about the ...read more

  • Favoritism Series

    Contributed by Thomas Bowen on Aug 20, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,617 views

    God see all believers the same - we should not show favortism to the people that can give us an advantage.

    Favoritism James 2:1-13 This morning we are still looking at topics related to a “faith that works” from the book of James. As I was looking at the scripture I thought about teachers pets in elementary school. Were any of you considered a teachers pet??? One of those favorite students ...read more

  • Favoritism Series

    Contributed by Jeffery Anselmi on Jun 17, 2011
     | 3,101 views

    WE must guard against this subtle sin, it can do a lot of damage.

    INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Have you noticed that in life there are sins that we really do not give much thought to? • We understand big ones like, murder, stealing, etc... You can add to the list. • There are sins that are a little more subtle. On the surface they do not really seem to cause ...read more

  • God's Favorites Have No Favorites

    Contributed by Daniel Habben on Sep 1, 2013
     | 2,123 views

    Believers know that God's love for all motivates and empowers them to show love to all.

    A man and 24 of his friends and family and were refused service at a restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. The reason: Michael Brown and his group are African-American. Apparently another customer - a white woman - complained that she felt threatened by their presence and Brown and his ...read more

  • The Sins Of Favoritism

    Contributed by Richard White on Feb 6, 2004
    based on 63 ratings
     | 5,608 views

    The church does not and should not have a caste system. The church is not a place of racism nor classism, yet why are we not growing?

    The sins of Favoritism James 2:1-13 (Instruction: Come in dressed well) Jesus Christ is the Lord who left the glory of heaven and came to this corruptible world to save sinners like us. He humbled himself, laid aside His position in heaven, and became like us. He was born is dire ...read more

  • Showing No Favoritism Series

    Contributed by David Owens on May 30, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 4,465 views

    The church must be the one place in the world where the things which serve to classify and separate people must not be allowed.

    Introduction: A. I read a story about what happened at a church one Sunday morning. 1. As the congregation began to arrive they found a dirty, old vagrant lying beside the church’s front door. 2. Some looked at him and said how awful that someone looking like that is lying outside our beautiful ...read more

  • Favoritism Forbidden

    Contributed by Mark Hiehle on Jul 19, 2001
    based on 167 ratings
     | 6,452 views

    This sermon deals with how we see and treat others, even in the church.

    James 2:1-13 "Favoritism Forbidden" By Pastor Mark Hiehle In our society today, we like to think of ourselves as open-minded and fair. We pride ourselves in believing that we look past externals and avoid making personal judgments of others. Unfortunately, this is not usually true, ...read more

  • Dealing With Favoritism

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Nov 29, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 9,608 views

    We have become comfortable with it, even in church, but the roots of this sinful attitude and behavior are deep in our hearts. We need to dig it up!

    Passage: James 2:1-13 Intro: When a behavior or attitude becomes the norm in a society, it becomes very easy as Christians to embrace it as our own. 1. and this is especially true when the socially acceptable attitude is one that we believe ourselves. 2. there are certain things that just ...read more

  • Playing Favorites Series

    Contributed by Josh Reich on May 12, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,583 views

    All of play favorites. It has become so common place that nobody raises an eyebrow to it. In fact, if you don’t play favorites, you stand out.

    For many of us, when we think of high school we have moments when we cringe. Maybe it is when you see a picture of yourself of what you looked like. The picture from prom. Or a picture form your air guitar band. You knew that was coming back. Maybe though, you can remember the feeling of ...read more

  • The Face Of Favoritism Series

    Contributed by Jerry Watts on May 21, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,674 views

    After 8 months sidetrack, this message brings us back to James to hear his words about living and life. Favoritism is an ugly thing anywhere at anytime, but especially for God’s family.

    The Face of Favoritism James 2:1-13 * I recently read a story about a man who was the interim pastor of a church. He hadn’t been at the church for long, so the people didn’t know him very well yet. (Interim pastors are in a very unique position. Many times they have a lot more insight into what’s ...read more

  • Playing Favorites Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,016 views

    Trying to secure our status in God's sight by checking off a list of church activities won't give us enough credit to get away with looking down on our neighbor.

    Mahatma Gandhi wrote in his autobiography that during his student days he read the Gospels seriously and considered converting to Christianity. He believed that in the teachings of Jesus he could find the solution to the caste system that was dividing the people of India. So one Sunday he decided ...read more

  • The Backsliders Favorite Verse

    Contributed by Jerry Depoy on Sep 8, 2003
    based on 123 ratings
     | 6,298 views

    Matthew 7:1 is probably the most quoted verse and least understood verses of the Bible. In this message we will learn three wrong motives for judging others, and three right motives.

  • Gray Is My Favorite Color Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Jun 13, 2005
    based on 64 ratings
     | 6,205 views

    Why older folk are so important to a healthy family and a healthy church

    Gray Is My Favorite Color Leviticus 19:32 Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Introduction: Today I want to take the occasion of this Memorial Day weekend (or Decoration Day, as they called it when I was a kid) and the middle of our Season ...read more

  • Religion's Favorite Sin

    Contributed by Stephen Funderburk on Oct 2, 2005
    based on 41 ratings
     | 3,242 views

    the danger of hypocrisy

    Intro: one of the classic, I Love Lucy shows was the show where Lucy and Ethel traded places with Ricky and Fred; one of the funniest parts of that show was when Ricky put a whole box of yeast into his dough and it overflowed the oven. Yeast is a powerful substance, just a little is needed to make ...read more