“Sticks and stones may break bones, but words will never hurt me” I learned this little rhyme when I was a young child, and was encouraged to chant it if I ever felt like someone was trying to hurt me with their words, as if it would stop someone else from wanting to mock me. […]Read more "Bad Words (James 3:1-12)"
We have been saying that the fundamental theme of the book of James has been “authentic faith leads to a transformed life”. The passage we will cover tonight provides the heartbeat of the theme. James has been striving to encourage the brothers and sisters in Christ that they can endure trials without lashing back in […]Read more "Dead Faith (James 2:14-26)"
Who do you admire? What celebrity would you be most excited about meeting? A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet in person a pastor and author that I seriously admired. He was speaking at a conference I was attending and was hosting a book signing afterwards. I grabbed a hardback copy of […]Read more "No Divisons (James 2:1-13)"
When was the last time you lost temper? What caused it? When was the last time you got in an argument with someone else? What was it over? What makes you mad? We live in a world that prizes putting others down so we can look better. When we are in an argument, we love […]Read more "Angry Love (James 1:19-27)"
What is the best gift you have ever received? Think about it. When did you really, really want something, and you got it! Or, when did you someone just surprise you with something totally awesome, that you weren’t expecting? Alright, now switch gears a bit. What is the worst gift you have been given? When […]Read more "Trial by Fire (James 1:1-18)"