We all face trials. It's part of the human condition. In this sermon, we learn what the book of James reveals to us how we can respond to life's trials. We also examine the multi-faceted definition of the word "trials" or "temptations", which helps deepen our understanding of the text. I have also included a transcription of the sermon if you prefer reading over listening. I want to begin this morning by stating the obvious. We all experience trials -- each one [...]
One of the exercises I've used from time to time to get a better sense of what Scripture is saying, is to reword or rewrite the verses in my own words. I did this with Ephesians chapter one and it helped illumine the Scriptures. This is not a version, or even a paraphrase as much as it is an aid to help me gain better understanding. It's a good exercise, if you've never tried it. Ephesians 1 God is inherently worthy of praise. He, the father [...]
Acts 4:13 “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled, and recognized that they had been with Jesus.” The longer I am a Christian, the more amazed I become with how little time we actually spend alone with God. Yet all that we are, anything we might accomplish in life that is worthwhile, grows out of the time we spend with Him. John 15:4 tells us that “as the branch cannot bear [...]
Character. It's not a term I hear much these days. When is the last time you heard someone described as a man or woman of good character? The dictionary defines character as the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing; moral or ethical quality; qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity; reputation I like this definition. Character is the testing or proving of you. In other words, when we go through the fires of life, character [...]
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you [...]
I just ran across this quote by Spurgeon that is spot on. Success exposes a man to the pressures of people and thus tempts him to hold on to his gains by means of fleshly methods and practices, and to let himself be ruled wholly by the dictatorial demands of incessant expansion. Success can go to my head and will unless I remember that it is God who accomplishes the work, that he can continue to do so without my help, and that he will [...]
How often do we start out with a noble pursuit for our family or a ministry, but end up so consumed with the process or the work that it becomes the end and we lose perspective?
There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its Biblical sense, but something else and something less
Recently, I was encouraged to read "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon MacDonald. As much as I read these types of book, I can't believe that I had never heard of it, since it's been around for years. But as I got into it, I was at first gripped by the subject-matter; then blown away as it tracked so much with my own journey and perspectives. For me, this book not only affirmed many of my long-held beliefs, but it also rekindled the importance of [...]
I was cleaning out some videos and ran across this one I had downloaded from YouTube. It's pretty good.