Thankful to God (Psalm 106:1)

Thankful to God (Psalm 106:1)

We’re going to focus this morning on how God is awesome and worthy to be praised! PRAISE BATTLE GAME: I need a few volunteers to play a game. Your goal is to take turns complimenting each other. You can’t repeat a compliment. If you get stuck, and can’t think of one, you’re going to pull out a piece of paper and complete the compliment before your opponent can complete it. (Things like “Your nose is…”) Use a chess clock or something like that to give each person a time limit. We might run…continue reading →
Suffer Patiently (James 5:7-12)

Suffer Patiently (James 5:7-12)

[Pastor Chris looks around grinning, being a little silly for a minute] I know what you’re thinking. Whatcha waitin’ on, Pastor? Let’s get this sermon started! Does anyone here like waiting? I hate waiting in lines. When we eat dinner here on Wednesday nights, I rarely stand in line to get food. I'd much rather wait until everyone else has their food, and then go to get mine, because I loathe lines that much. But sometimes that approach isn’t very ideal. My favorite breakfast food is biscuits and gravy, so I always get…continue reading →
The Miseries Coming Upon You (James 5:1-6)

The Miseries Coming Upon You (James 5:1-6)

I read a true story about a man named John G. Wendel II and his six sisters. They were known as “the Weird Wendels.” Although they had received a huge inheritance from their parents, they spent very little of it and did all they could to keep their wealth for themselves. They never bought new clothes, or made repairs to properties they owned, and John was even able to convince five of his six sisters to never marry so that they didn’t have to share their inheritance with anyone else. John died in…continue reading →
What is Your Life? (James 4:13-17)

What is Your Life? (James 4:13-17)

[Picture of The Almost Impossible Thing] There’s a children’s book called “The Almost Impossible Thing” that encourages children to strive to achieve their unrealistic goals. [Picture from The Almost Impossible Thing] It’s about a bunny rabbit that sees a bird and decides that it wants to fly. [Picture from The Almost Impossible Thing] So the rabbit attempts to fly by setting up ski jumps, trampoline bounces, and experiments with kites. And in the end, the bunny rabbit builds a rocket and flies away. [Picture from The Almost Impossible Thing] It’s a fun little…continue reading →
The War Within You (And How to Win It) (James 4:1-3)

The War Within You (And How to Win It) (James 4:1-3)

Thirty years ago, a group of historians did a research project together, and found that in the last 5,600 years, there have been over 14,000 wars fought in mankind’s history, in which more than 3.6 billion people have been killed. That’s about 2 ½ wars per year, with an average of 650,000 people killed every year as a result of war. They also found that in those 5,600 years that they researched, there have only been 292 years of peace in which they were unaware of a war happening somewhere in the world.…continue reading →
Wisdom From Above (James 3:13-18)

Wisdom From Above (James 3:13-18)

“You should eat better!” “You should get enough sleep!” “You should exercise more!” “You should do this, or that, or think this or that, and you should stop telling me what to do!” I’m sure you’ve noticed that there’s no shortage today of people and viewpoints telling us what we should think and how we should live. It can be overwhelming to hear all the different things that others think we ought to believe and do. Some people that you talk with are so incredibly passionate about one thing, whether it’s about education…continue reading →
The Perfect Man (James 3:1-12)

The Perfect Man (James 3:1-12)

Marc Pitman was a pastor of a church in Maine, and when he was invited to preach at a middle-school Bible camp in Sweden, he jumped at the opportunity. He even learned some of the language so that he could better connect with the students. But as he was speaking Swedish, he didn’t realize that the word for “relax” sounds very similar to the word for “passed gas.” So you can just imagine the laughter from the middle-schoolers when he thought that he prayed that the Holy Spirit would help us relax. What…continue reading →
Can Your Faith Save You? (Part 2) (James 2:20-26)

Can Your Faith Save You? (Part 2) (James 2:20-26)

Last week, we started asking the question, “Can your faith save you?” We talked about how faith and works are related to one another. The Bible says that we’re saved by grace through faith, and yet genuine faith goes on to walk in the good works that God calls us to do out of joy. We’re going to talk about that even more this week, focusing more on the works side of things. I think we tend to want to separate faith and works because most of us know that our works are…continue reading →
Can Your Faith Save You? (Part 1) (James 2:14-19)

Can Your Faith Save You? (Part 1) (James 2:14-19)

When I was 13 years old, my youth minister Jeff explained faith to me like this. Maybe you’ve seen this before, too. If I have faith that a chair will support me, then when it comes time to sit down, I’ll sit in the chair. But if I say that I believe the chair will support me, but never actually sit in the chair, then I demonstrate with my actions that I don’t really have faith in the chair. The same is true with our faith in Jesus. If we say that we…continue reading →