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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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Traction – Week 4: God’s Choice, God’s Way

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I met a military veteran a while ago who served in wartime not fighting in combat, but as a checkers champion sent to play against the troops! The Army would set up a dozen gameboards at a time, with a dozen soldiers waiting to play against him. But he had such a clear command of…

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Traction – Part 3: Handing Over the Keys

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We began with King Josiah initiating a temple restoration project. In the process of cleaning up, they rediscover God’s Word, and Josiah has it read aloud to him. As he hears God’s Word, it breaks his heart to realize how badly they have broken God’s commands. So Josiah leads the way in personally rededicating himself,…

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Traction – Part 1: Start Your Engine!

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Welcome to our new series titled Traction: Getting Going With God. Someone in the congregation here who used to race cars as a hobby: the real deal, on a track, with a helmet, going crazy fast. He explained that the last thing drivers want in a race is to lose traction, to slip. At the…

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