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Life is full of choices and full of surprises. Life often gives us multiple opportunities and many doors to walk through and that’s when we seek wisdom from others and the Lord. What should I do? It is one question we will ask all through life and it is one that scripture answers for us today. What Should I Do When I’m...Faced with having to be honest in a difficult situation, when I am suffering, when I am doing well, when I am weary, when someone is going astray, etc.

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

I heard a commercial on the radio the other day that jokingly said they were developing a new kind of soda. They said this new soda was going to be so convenient that when you went to the convenience store to buy it, you would actually be able to walk out of the store 30 seconds before you walked in.  We are an impatient people, aren't we? I read a poem about patience this week. I'm not a poet, but this one struck home for me. "Patience is a virtue. Possess it if you can. Found seldom in a woman. Never in a man." Well, by the grace of God, I want us to change that today. In order to do that, we’re going to look at three reasons we are to have patience. 

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Money does funny things to people, doesn't it? Actually, money doesn't do anything to people. Money is an inanimate object. It's a thing. It can't do anything. It can't really change people. But what happens is, money reveals who a person really is on the inside. It removes many of the barriers that keep people from acting like they really want to act. From showing who they truly are. From uncovering their innermost self. Over the past two sermons in James, we've seen who we really are in our innermost self, haven't we? Apart from Christ, we are all full of ourselves. That's called pride. Pride is placing our selfish nature and desires in the place where only the Lord should be. A few weeks ago, we saw what happens when we place our selfish desires above God's desire. Last week, we saw what happens when we place our personal plans above God's plan. Today, we're looking at the final part about pride in James. This third part of the pride test that James covers in our passage today deals with our pocketbooks. More specifically, talking about the greedy pride that can come from using our money the wrong way. Today we are going to look at how to avoid just that and end with how to live generously as opposed to greedily.

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

The last time we were in James, we started a section of his letter that runs all the way from chapter 4:1 through 5:6. This large section that we started last week is a three part section on what I call the pride test. James 4:1-12 - Selfish Pride. James 4:13-17 - Presumptive Pride. James 5:1-6 – Greedy Pride.

If you were to come up with the most basic definition of pride you could, what would it be? The most basic definition of pride I can think of is to say that pride is...putting ourselves in the place where only God should be. When we looked at selfish pride last week, we saw what happens when we elevate our selfish desires above God’s desire. Today we’re going to see what happens when we elevate our personal plans above God's plan. When we think we know more about the future than He does. When we pridefully presume upon God by placing our worries over His providence. I want us this coming year to be able to say with Him, "Not my will, but yours." In order to do that, we're going to look at three characteristics of presumptive pride. Read James 4:13-17

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

The church at Jerusalem where James pastored was a church that was made up of real people. And because it was made up of real people, there was conflict.

James asks his readers where their continual desire to fight amongst themselves comes from. And his answer is surprising. Rather than point his finger at an outward cause of their strife, he tells them it is because of each of their individual selfishness. Selfishness that is rooted in their pride. He doesn’t address it as a problem with the church body as a whole. It's not a problem with the group. It's not a problem with other people. He tells them it’s a problem with each of them. And that problem with each of them is causing problems for the body as a whole. Today I want each of us to identify and recognize the areas in our lives where we harbor selfish pride. And when the Holy Spirit shows us those areas, I want us to turn from them and turn to the better way of selflessness that Christ offers. In order to do that, we're going to ask and answer three questions concerning selfish pride. Those questions and their answers are found in James 4:1-12.

 

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Last week we learned how to be wise with our words and how to practically apply that to our lives by becoming familiar with James and Proverbs, by thinking before speaking, by talking less, by encouraging more, and by really focusing on what has been influencing our minds. The reason I wanted to begin by focusing on how we’re living the sermons is because that’s one of the main themes that Pastor James is teaching us in his letter. If we say we believe it, we better behave accordingly. Read James 3:13-18.

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Today, I want to give you some practical steps that will help you tame your tongue. The stakes are high. Your words can either bring life, or they can bring death. Listen to what is written in James 1:19, 26: "...Take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry...if anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless."

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Picture two groups of people discussing evangelism. One knows all the techniques, but never does it. The other group is actively sharing their faith daily. Whose discussion is going to be more vibrant and energized? Today we will view a passage that contrasts a mature or vibrant faith versus an immature or dead faith. This passage does not contrast a real versus a false faith like many of you may have been taught. So let's look at what James does say... 

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

A brilliant medical doctor discovered the use of blood plasma that resulted in saving thousands of lives in World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War. At Pearl Harbor, for example, 96% of those who received plasma, survived. After World War II Charles Drew was named director of the National Blood Bank Program, and devoted himself to teaching doctors at Howard University Medical School. On April 1, 1950, while driving some young doctors to a conference he was involved in an automobile accident in Burlington, N.C. He was rushed to a hospital where his life could have been saved by plasma. But Dr. Drew was denied admission to the hospital because his skin was black. He died on the way to another hospital 26 miles away.

The church is also riddled with prejudice and favoritism that causes many divisions which have become extremely unappealing to the world and we must be careful to not allow them to rear their ugly head. Some of those prejudices and favoritisms include: The young looking down on the elderly and vice versa, Doctrinal divisions over nonessentials (Predestination vs. free-will), and Divisions over music preference.

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Charles Spurgeon once told of sitting in a nice restaurant. As he ate he kept noticing a rather angry looking man across the dining room who scowled at him every time he looked his way. Finally Spurgeon decided to go over and speak to the man to see what his problem was. However, as he stood he realized that what he had been seeing was his own reflection in mirrors that lined the walls across the room. We may not always like what we see in the mirror of God's Word but what we see there is always the truth.

At least once each day, and probably several times, we stand before a mirror and review the way we look. If an adjustment is necessary, and it usually is, then we straighten our clothes or comb our hair all because the mirror has helped us by revealing things about how we really look. The word of God is a moral mirror which the Holy Spirit uses to enable us to see ourselves as we really are. The view we get is not what we think based on experience or what others think based on their observations, it is how God sees us. But the problem is that many people today don’t read or understand the Bible. This is not because they don't have a Bible. The Bible is present in almost every home in America. The problem is that it is not read and applied. 

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Temptation cannot be avoided, but it can be defeated. You don’t have to give in to the temptations and schemes of the devil. Here in James 1:13-18 we will see that James gives us 3 facts we need to consider if we are to defeat temptation and live in Christlike victory. You will see from looking at the passage right before it that James connects trials and temptations. The reason is simple: If we are not careful the trials on the outside can become temptations on the inside.

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

It's not a matter of "if" we will face trials, it is a matter of "when" we will face them and "how" we will handle them! Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). We will have trials and troubles, but God is bigger! This means that our trials can be turned into triumphs! So the answer as to whether your trials will turn into triumphs or defeat lie in your response to the trials that come your way.

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Beginning a study through a book of the Bible can be a lot like going on a trip: It is good to know where you are going and what you expect to see when you get there. When my wife and I went to Yosemite for our 1 year anniversary in 2002 we spent many hours looking up the different sights we would see, where they would be located, and what we would do once we got to there. So what we will do is start off answering 4 important questions that will tell us where we are going in James and what we can expect through our study of it. Our 4 big questions will be... 1. Who was James? 2. Who did James write to? 3. Why did James write? 4. How can we get the most out of James?

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

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