The Idol of Materialism

This week we continue our study in the book of James. Our text for this Sunday morning is James 5:1-6.  Here now James addresses people, rich people outside of the church.  Apparently, people were getting misused, abused and ripped off in the church (among the scattered believers) by these wealthy farmers, landowners. James here, beginning…

The Tragedy of Unbelief

Our text this Sunday morning is Exodus 11-12:1-13.  With celebrating the Lord’s Supper this morning, I wanted to work through a passage that pictures the substitutionary death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  At the end of the plagues on Pharaoh and the Egyptians, there is one more plague which brings death on them…

The Problem of Arrogance

Our text for this Sunday morning is James 4:16-17.  We are finishing up a paragraph we started 2 weeks ago where James is addressing the problem of making plans without God.  Now he talks in verses 16-17 about a further problem of making plans without the Lord: arrogance (boasting), and not doing what we know…

Where Is Your Faith?

We’ll take a break this morning from our James series to do a special message for Father’s Day.  While we will make special application to fathers, we will still be speaking about faith in everyone’s life.  Our text for this message is Mark 4:35-41.  Here Jesus gives the disciples a test on the waters of…

If God Wills

Our text for this Sunday morning is James 4:13-15.  Do we tend to make plans without the Lord?  Do we often think that the “details” of our lives don’t matter to God?  This Sunday, I want to tell you a story about someone, a believer, who was so busy with his life, his family’s life;…

Who Are You to Judge (Part 2)

Our text this Sunday morning is James 4:11-12, part 2.  Having talked about the dangers of slander, (speaking evil about someone), last week we talked about that not only is it wrong; but how easy it is to fall into it.  In this passage James is talking about speaking evil about a fellow believer (others),…

Who Are You To Judge? (Part 1)

Our text this Sunday morning is James 4:11-12, part 1.  In this passage James is talking about speaking evil about a fellow believer (others), or judging others and thus looking down on them.  We live in a society that does this type of evil speaking regularly.  The world also justifies doing it, making excuses for…