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Financially Strong: Treasuring What God Treasures | James 5:1-6

Senior Pastor Mark Stafford The writers of the Bible and Jesus Himself considered money to be both extremely valuable and extremely dangerous.  Money can bring with it God’s blessing and incredible joy when it is used in the way that God instructs us to use it.  But… it [...]

By | 2017-05-20T14:28:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, Sermons|0 Comments

Standing Strong Against Worldliness | James 4:1-6

Senior Pastor Mark Stafford “Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”  This verse is a warning that demands our most urgent attention because you and I are in danger of being lured in by the false promises of pleasure from a God-ignoring, fallen [...]

By | 2017-07-01T17:27:27+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|James Growing Strong, Sermons|0 Comments

Strong in God’s Wisdom – James 3:13-18

  Senior Pastor Mark Stafford   This world we live in is a wonderful place and it is a terrible place.  Let me give you an example from what I saw this morning a couple of blocks over in my neighborhood: In my neighborhood this morning I woke up to enjoy the [...]

By | 2017-04-15T15:22:15+00:00 April 1st, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, New Testament, Sermons|0 Comments

The Strength of Fully Trusting God | James 2:18-26, Romans 4:1-22

  Sr. Pastor Mark Stafford   Last week I talked about a story of scandalous grace – the story of Rahab the prostitute.  God’s grace was radical beyond measure!  When God extended grace to Rahab, He reached down into a situation that was so immoral and He poured out so much mercy [...]

By | 2017-03-31T17:15:54+00:00 March 19th, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, New Testament, Sermons|0 Comments

The Vital Strength Of Praying Parents | Romans 8:26-34, Matthew 7:11, James 5

  When I was a kid, I had a friend who had an obnoxious little brother.  When he didn’t get his way, he started to scream.  When I say scream, it wasn’t your typical little kid throwing a fit, but he would scream so loud and so hard that he would literally [...]

By | 2017-11-20T12:47:31+00:00 March 15th, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, Prayer, Sermons|0 Comments

The Big Strength of Small Faith – James 2:18-26, Joshua 2

  Sr. Pastor Mark Stafford Rahab is a story of scandalous grace.  I don’t mean God’s grace was immoral.  I mean it was radical beyond measure!  With the grace God extended to Rahab, He reached down into a situation that was so immoral and He poured out so much mercy on Rahab that [...]

By | 2017-03-31T16:37:17+00:00 March 12th, 2017|James Growing Strong, Sermons|0 Comments

Impartiality and Strength in the Church | James 2:1-9, 1 John 4

Everyone wants to be loved unconditionally, but pure, unselfish love is really pretty rare.  We live in a self-promoting society.  It is unusual for the average person in America to show love and concern for another person and really expect nothing back from that person in return. Most people in our society are concerned with [...]

By | 2017-03-06T17:37:01+00:00 March 6th, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, New Testament, Sermons|0 Comments

Strong Words – James 1:26, 3:1-1

Words mattered to James a lot!  He mentioned the tongue in every chapter of his letter because there is a relationship between a person’s faith and their speech.  Most people speak between 13,000-20,000 words per day and the sheer volume of a person’s words provides a window into the spiritual condition of a person’s [...]

By | 2017-03-02T14:55:13+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, New Testament, Sermons|0 Comments

Strong Christianity Fights for the Weak – James 1:27

There is a huge difference between outward religion and what James calls “pure religion.” When the book of James was written, the Greeks had come up with an elaborate system of religious rituals that supposedly appeased their false, man-made gods.  (Gods like Zeus, Hermes, Apollo and Artemis)  The word James uses here for “religion” [...]

By | 2017-02-21T21:02:04+00:00 February 21st, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, Sermons|0 Comments

Strong for the Weak

Senior Pastor Mark Stafford Strong for the Weak – James 1:27, 1 John 3:16-17    James 1:27 says, “ 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Being a part of a church [...]

By | 2017-03-18T19:39:02+00:00 February 14th, 2017|I John, James, James Growing Strong, New Testament, Sermons|0 Comments