Sermons from October 2017

Sermons from October 2017

A Prescription for I-Disease

As we continue our James series, This Is the Life, I invite you to open your Bible to James 4:1-10. Well, I think it’s worked.  Long about the end of the 70s, American culture fell in love with self-esteem.  The self-esteem cult creeped into education, advertising, and sports.  This is the … “You’re special” quit keeping score everybody gets a trophy feelings are…

Taming the Wildest Beast of All

We’ve been tracking through James this fall.  We call the series This Is the Life because James sketches out what the Christian life looks like.  This is no remedial course.  Nor does James coat it with cinnamon and sugar.  It feels more like a nasty-tasting dose of medicine that makes you screw up your face in disgust.  And you’re sure not licking the spoon.  It doesn’t…

Faith Does

As we continue our James series, This Is the Life, I invite you to open your Bible to James 2:14-26. Did you see this obituary in the paper this week? Faux Faith died Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the age of 68.  Faux was stillborn on September 15, 1949, during a fall revival service at First Baptist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas.  According to his testimony, “It was an…

Enlarge Your Circle

As we continue our James series, This Is the Life, I invite you to open your Bible to James 2:1-13.  I suspect there’s not a pastor anywhere who hasn’t had at least one person say to him after a sermon, “Pastor, you’ve quit preaching and gone to meddling.”  Haven’t you wanted to say that to James?  James doesn’t dance around the edges of life.  He elbows his way right…

Just Do It

As we continue our James series, This Is the Life, I invite you to open your Bible to James 1:19-27.  James is not a Bible book that must be kept on the top shelf, a book full of lofty ideas accessible only to the Summa Cum Laudes and the Phi Beta Kappas among us.  James is a low-shelf book.  Read James and what bothers you about the book are not the things you don’t…