In Leviticus 23 we read about the annual set of Holy Days they were to keep. Each of these Holy Days had a specific meaning given to it and all were meant to remind the Children of Israel who they were as a holy nation and to also remind them of their relationship with God. […]
God tells Moses to take His people to the Promised Land but that He himself would not go because they are a stiff-necked people. They had taken His presence for granted. It says when the people heard this news they began to mourn. Moses begged God to go with them and said, “If your Presence […]
God calls Moses in a very dramatic way to do what appears to be the impossible. Moses uses every excuse he can think of to get out of his calling: “What if they don’t believe me or listen?” “I’ve never been eloquent,” and “I am slow of speech.” Finally, Moses exclaims, “O Lord, please send […]
In Genesis 32 we read an amazing account of Jacob engaging in a struggle with a man who was identified generally as God. Whether it was an angel or our Lord manifesting himself as a man we know this person to be a representative of God. This struggle is interesting because it was indeed a […]
We can learn a lot from Abraham’s journey of faith. He is told to leave his home and just go. The Lord would tell him where once He was ready. He receives the promise of many descendants and a form of the first gospel. Abraham believed the Lord and it was credited it to him […]
As we embark on reading the Bible through in a year as a church, we first address the transformative nature of Scripture in a person’s life. Specifically we focus on the importance of reading, studying, memorizing, meditating upon, praying, listening to, responding to, and teaching the Word of God. Scripture can and will change your […]
We celebrate Jesus’ incarnation; not just that he became flesh, but that He became a servant! On this Christmas Eve, we will explore the mindset of Christ becoming man found in Philippians 2:5-11. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
“Is anyone among you in trouble?” James says, “He should pray.” Not always our first reaction unfortunately. “Is anyone sick?” James says to “call the elders of the church to pray over him.” We will examine prayer, prayer offered in faith, the role of others to pray for someone else, and “powerful, effective” prayer.
James exhorts us to “Be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” Everything is temporal. Yes, including the suffering that we at times endure. The great backdrop of comfort for us, regardless of what we are going through, isn’t so much that soon we will stop suffering. Rather, it is the fact […]
One of the most misunderstood aspects of the Christian life is the role of ‘judging’. On one hand we are told to discern between good and evil and yet we are told not to judge. In this passage James writes that speaking against a brother is the same as judging them and we are not […]
Why do we have such conflict in our lives? James proposes that they come from our desires that battle within us. James continues in the same vein to say that we do not have what we desire because we do not ask God. When we do ask, we don’t receive because we ask with wrong […]
Do you hear voices in your head? No, you’re not crazy! We all hear thoughts and ideas in our minds (or soul) that often sounds like wisdom. James addresses two forms of wisdom that we must distinguish between—wisdom from heaven and wisdom from the devil. It’s vitally important that we know the difference and can […]
Words have immeasurable power! James uses five examples to make his point: a teacher leading and directing people; a bit in the mouth of a horse that makes it obey and turn the whole animal; a ship being steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go; a tiny spark that sets […]
In James 2:14-24 we read a passage that many believe to be very controversial and still others feel it is even contradictory to other writings from the New Testament. We read scriptures from Paul’s writings like Ephesians 2:8-9 states ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is […]
Our culture is plagued with discrimination. Marked by racism, cliques, the poor devalued, and gender inequality; favoritism causes huge division and damage. If God’s commands can be summed up by loving God with everything we are and loving others as we love ourselves then these mentalities have no place in a believer’s life! We must […]
The book of James is incredibly practical. It deals with many core issues that we struggle with and how our faith in Christ, put into action, can overcome our frailties and issues. Anger and deception are addressed specifically in this teaching. We also discuss the correct aim we should have with our ‘religion.’
Jesus was tempted in every way, yet without sin. He promises us that with every temptation, He will make a way of escape. In this teaching we will look at how temptations occur in our lives; how they increase when we allow them to and the fruit that they bare. Most importantly we address how […]
We are exhorted by James that if we ask God for something we must believe and not doubt. Such doubting is characterized by being “double-minded” and being “unstable in all of our ways.” Why do we waver in our faith? In Mark 9, we read of an interaction between Jesus and the father of a […]
The only life pleasing to the Lord is one lived out in faith. In our lives we are promised many trials and hardships. It is these very trials that test our faith. James says that they do such a work in us that we should have joy when we encounter these tests.
In this second message on depression in the Healing and Dealing series we will focus on how we can help our loved ones struggling with depression and how truth from God’s word can help all of us when dealing with this terrible reality within our world.
“Depression is like a war: You either win or die trying.” This quote summarizes the terrible reality for many who struggle with depression. Christians are not immune from depression either although the church has largely ignored depression and discounted it as spiritual weakness. In part 1 of this Healing and Dealing series we will […]
We are encouraged throughout Scripture to be in each other’s lives; to bear one another’s burdens and to love one another. This necessitates that we be involved in restoring someone who has sinned. Paul says to the Galatians that if someone has been caught in sin that “you who are spiritual should restore him gently”. […]