June 2011

Favortism’s Failure

Our culture fosters favorites. James utilizes the example of the well-to-do and the powerful to the neglect of the less fortunate. This kind of favoritism is sin because it conflicts with the law of love and God’s mercy.



On The Brink

Temptation is defeated as we turn from corrupt desires to the giving God. God gave us His word, but hearing God’s Word is only a start. If hearing doesn’t result in doing you are just playing Church. Hearing results in living out righteousness and justice.



Upside Down: Christian Counter-Culture

James’ opening instruction to the church makes it clear that this letter is going to turn their world upside down. The opening verses provide an overview of the entire book that exposes fallacies in common thought and practice.



April 2011

Transforming Touch

Jesus can transform doubting, discouraged, defeated disciples into passionate followers.



Bloody Doorposts And Being Set Free

Jesus’ statement that “It is finished” was a declaration that people had been delivered from death to life with Jesus’ sacrifice as the Passover lamb.



Soul Surrender

The greatest demonstration of emotion from Jesus was when he fought a lonely battle over doing God’s Will.



March 2011

Divine Dealings With Disposable People

Jesus was a man who experienced a full range of emotions and feelings. He felt a deep sense of compassion for the hurt and helpless.



Forget About Mike

Christ has character that is worth emulating. He was sensitive to God’s direction even when it conflicted with cultural norms.



February 2011

Hope Is Contagious

God has a hope to make His presence known through us. As we fulfill this calling, His life-giving hope becomes contagious.



Hope Purifies

Following Christ does not mean freedom from the storms of life. Rather, as we hope life transformation takes place.



Hope Is Experienced In Community

God’s design is for hope to be a shared experience within the faith community



Hope Is Discovered In His Word

God’s Scripture redirects the focus of our hope away from the uncertainty of changing circumstances to the peace and certainty of God’s Word. His Word remains true, regardless of whether our life storms subside.