James

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+00:00April 23rd, 2017|James, 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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 [...]

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+00:00March 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+00:00March 2nd, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, New Testament, Sermons|0 Comments

Hear it and Do it

An English teacher might call James 1:22 the “thesis statement” for the book of James.  It says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  Let me give you an illustration that might help you better understand what James in saying: Let’s say that you own a print [...]

By |2017-02-09T21:01:17+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Blog Posts, James, New Testament|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+00:00February 21st, 2017|James, James Growing Strong, Sermons|0 Comments

God’s Way and Exquisite Experiences

It says in Genesis 3:2-3, “2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Satan brings into question [...]

By |2017-02-09T20:12:03+00:00February 19th, 2017|Blog Posts, Genesis, James, New Testament, Old Testament|0 Comments

God Never Tempts

James 1:13 says, “13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.”  No one can blame God for their actions.  Consider Adam and Eve in the garden.  Adam tried to blame God for his action.  He argued [...]

By |2017-02-07T17:35:32+00:00February 16th, 2017|Blog Posts, James, New Testament|0 Comments