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Faith that Works – Part 9: God Laughs at our Plans

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Many of you know that my father is now 95 years old. A study was done in which fifty people aged 95 and older were asked a single question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” They had lived almost a century, so they have a unique perspective compared…

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Faith that Works – Part 8: Understanding Conflict: “Where did that come from?”

Ever get caught in someone’s anger and wonder, “Where did that come from?!” Ever vent unreasonable anger yourself and wonder the same, “Where did that come from?” Today’s passage takes a peek under the hood of that very question. In James 4:1-12, Doctor James offers a bit of soul surgery to help us clean out…

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Faith that Works – Part 6: How I’ll Use My 800 Million Words

I’d like to introduce you to Gyles Brandreth. Gyles is a bit of a character. He once won the European Monopoly Championship (who knew there was one?). He served as President of the Association of British Scrabble Players (actual club). He is known for his impressive collection of sweaters. And most pertinent to us today,…

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Faith that Works – Part 5: Irresistible Faith

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Megan McKenna tells the parable of a woman who wanted peace in the world and peace in her heart, but she was very frustrated. The world seemed to be falling apart. She would read the news and get depressed. One day she decided to go shopping, and she went into a mall and picked a…

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Faith that Works – Part 4: How to Get Along With Anyone

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A good doctor not only diagnoses what’s wrong, but also prescribes the best remedy, and thus affects a cure. Howie Hendricks likens today’s Scripture passage to Dr. James putting his stethoscope to the heart of his fellow first-century Christians. There, he diagnoses spiritual hardening of the arteries—by way of the symptom of partial paralysis in…

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Faith that Works – Part 3: Help For Hotheads, Hypocrites, & Bigmouths

James 1:19-27 If you ever feel like smashing something, I’ve got a little trip to recommend. Thundrdome Amusements has added something special to their usual bubble soccer, axe throwing and combat archery. They now also feature a “Rage Room”—actual name, the Rage Room. Here’s how it works: after you sign a waiver and suit up…

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Faith that Works – Part 2: Handling Wealth, Poverty, & Temptation

Welcome to part two of our series “Faith Works” as we cover the book of James! James is, as we explored last week, the first New Testament book written. Its author is one of the brothers of Jesus. He was a leader—Paul calls him “a pillar”—of the influential Jerusalem church. And James is direct. His…

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Traction Week 5: What if you could have anything you wanted?

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Imagine you could have anything you wanted. What would you ask for? A poll asked that question recently: “If you could have anything in the world right now, what would it be?” One person replied, “The world. I want the world.” Others answered with wanting school loans paid off, a more fulfilling job, immortality, and…

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