November 18, 2019
When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment His reply was, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
James calls "love your neighbor as yourself" the Royal Law. It is the expression of the character and will of God, personified in the person of Jesus Christ.
This is the 5th message in our "The Book of James - Genuine Faith" series...
November 11, 2019
A beautiful lake filled with life and surrounded by life and beauty can only remain that way if it has a constant in-flow and a constant out-flow. That inward and outward movement of water keeps the water in the lake healthy and filled with life. If, for some reason, there is no out-flow of water from a lake, the water becomes stagnant. That body of water slowly becomes putrid and smelly because the lack of in-flow & out-flow causes unhealthy algae and bacteria to grow. That unhealth leads to death of the beauty in and around.
It is much the same with our lives. In order to live the healthy, beautiful lives God intends for us to live, we must have a constant in-flow & out-flow of the "living water" that only God provides.
The 4th message in our "The Book of James - Genuine Faith" series...
November 4, 2019
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial..." (James 1:12)
We all face trials in life. When we do, it is like we are at a crossroads...we have a choice of which direction to take in the face of temptation or trials. The direction we choose can lead to life (light) or death (darkness). James has some great insight into the inner workings of the human heart, mind, & soul when facing these "crossroads." Listen in as we try to learn from the wisdom of James.
The 3rd message in our "The Book of James - Genuine Faith" series...
October 27, 2019
James begins his "How To" manual for the life we've been created to live with what appears to be some insanity. However, when we study what James is saying we find that a life of transcendent happiness beyond care, labor, and death (the "blessed" life...the "Makarios" life) is possible only when we learn to tenaciously stand and face all the difficult things life throws at us. God promises to NEVER leave us or forsake us...so we can stand tenacious KNOWING He is right by our side.
The 2nd message in our "The Book of James - Genuine Faith" series...
October 21, 2019
Do you want to live the greatest life you could possibly live?
Building on Jesus' 8 beatitudes, we are moving into studying the book of James. James is basically a "How to" manual of practical applications of living the life Christ came, lived, died, and rose again that we might live.
James challenges followers of Jesus that if we have genuine faith, there will be real change in our lives and the lives of those whose lives intersect ours. If you want to live the greatest life you could possibly live, join us as we jump into the wisdom and practicality of James!
October 14, 2019
After Jesus lays out His 8 beatitudes of how to live the new life He came so that we might live, He follows up with a challenge and a call for all those who follow Him to be salt and light in this world.
Unfortunately, we had technical difficulties last week, so there is no "Salt" recording. There is, however, this closing message to our "New Creation" series about what Jesus meant when He says, "You are the light of the world..."
October 1, 2019
It is no accident that Jesus moves from “Blessed are the peacemakers…” to “Blessed are those who are persecuted.” However hard we may try to make peace with some people, they refuse to live at peace with us.
These are the standards of conduct in the beatitudes…
- Be Merciful – Offering compassion & forgiveness (even to those “undeserving”).
- Be Pure in Heart – Refusing to compromise our convictions or integrity.
- Be Peacemakers by identifying & curing “the disease of the soul” instead of just applying salve to symptoms.
When Christians live by these standards, we live at odds with the culture of our time because those values & standards stand in direct conflict with the contemporary culture. Therefore, because the culture of the world rejects these, they also reject those who are uncompromising of Christ & His values & standards.
September 8, 2019
To best live this "New Creation" that Christ came to usher in, we first need to have a correct attitude toward God & be in right relationship with Him. Once we have that, then we can begin to enter into right relationship with each other. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us how to do that. The order of these beatitudes matter...In order to become peacemakers, we must first offer each other mercy, then be pure in heart. If we follow His teaching, we can truly begin to live in community as God designed us to live.
"The Peacemakers" is the 9th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
September 4, 2019
When Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God", He is challenging us to a deeper and more exacting kind of self-reflection. Some people weave such a web of lies that they can no longer tell what is real and what is make-believe. Facing this reality, Jesus is calling us to acknowledge our motives for all that we do in this life. Our motives are the fuel that drives all that we say and do...they are our motivation. What kind of people are we going to be? Are we going to be real? Authentic? Vulnerable? Or are we going to hide behind our masks of lies and make-believe in an effort to fool others (& ourselves)?
One thing we know...we cannot fool God. He knows. And...He loves us anyways!
"Pure in Heart..." is the 8th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
September 1, 2019
In the 1st 4 beatitudes, Jesus laid out what our attitude is to be before God. Now, as we move into the 5th beatitude, He is laying out for us how we are to live in relationship with each other. "Blessed are the merciful..." raises the standard; the expectation on how we are to treat each other. Mercy is a combination of forgiveness and compassion. To be merciful is to be too aware of our own sin to deal too harshly with the sins of other people. We all have been given the gift of mercy by God. Now, what are we invited to do with the endless mercy He has given to us?
"The Merciful" is the 7th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.