Today’s passage is Luke 1:8-25.
Slow down and embrace the gift of what Jesus has done and is doing.
Look forward to what God is doing not back to our past mistakes.
Remember that God is bigger than our problems.
Today we began celebrating Advent, while looking at it through the lens of worship. We examined joy this week. Here are some ideas for things we can do.
Say yes to this new reality, Christian faith and life, His way not ours.
Make space for the unexpected.
Pay attention to where God is breaking into our lives.
In this message, Brian briefly reviewed James 1-4, so we could get to chapter 5 and show some of the repeated themes. The book repetitively talks about some issues like the rich and misused wealth for example.
The condemnation isn’t just about wealth but its misuse. See also 1 Tim 6.
Money’s relief is temporary; let us focus on eternal things.
Let us be patient, looking toward the end of the race. Job is the ultimate example of this; he was rewarded.
We should pray with each other, as long as it isn’t done for our glory.
Do we see sick as more than just physical ailment?
Are we willing to confess our sins to one another, praying for each other?
Here is the bulletin for the week.
The message today was on James 4. Noah Daniels preached to us about self-centeredness, our words, and planning our lives.
A main we we sin is to not have God at the top of out love list, loving ourselves more than Him.
Do we desire the things of the world or the things of God?
Do we judge others with our words?
Do we treat God like an add-on in our lives, like a vending machine we can ask things to get what we want?
Do we make plans without God, or with Him as a side, rather than as our focus?
He provides our daily bread.
Here is the bulletin.
Words can have a powerful impact.
Words can create a chain reaction in us and in people around us.
Here are some ways to use our tongues well.
Today’s passage is James 2:14-26.
Do we believe Jesus has saved us, really? If we really believe Christ has saved us, our lives need to change as a result.
Loving Jesus is not always an easy thing; why is that?
Four ways to be a people of action:
Are we fully committed to Him, in all areas of our lives? See also Revelation 3:14-18. Are we lukewarm?
Here is the bulletin for this week.
Reverend Jeremy Peugh preached on James 1:27-2:13 today.
God has no favorites, because God loves everybody equally; that means everyone is of equal worth.
Our behavior reveals what we actually believe.
We are not just to have faith IN Jesus; rather we are to have the faith OF Jesus. Consider the mind of Christ, seeing the world as He does. Love the way He did and does.
Ways to live out our faith:
Be slow to speak.
Be quick to listen.
Be slow to anger.
Be obedient doers of the Word; do what God says.
Practice not interrupting, taking in what is being said, without queing up a response or interrupting.
Those of his who speak much, why is that? Are they Christ focused reasons or self focused?
Jesus asked a few hundred questions in Scripture; why? He taught by asking questions; can we ask questions and listen?
How do we get through things it seems like we cannot get through?
James’ epistle has something to say about trials.
How to continue to stand:
In this message Bryant Dougharty preached on Ephesians, primarily focused on chapter 5.
Christ loves us so we should submit to Him.
Is God number one in our lives?
For those of us who are married, are our spouses number two? Do we put spouses or children in front of God on our priority lists, or make the other mistake and not love them enough?
Here are some challenge questions: