Category Archives: Preaching

October 17, 2010 – Faith and Action: Wait for It

text: James 5:7-11 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.commonenglishbible.com In recent weeks we have seen James turn to the teachings of wisdom in the Old Testament to describe the relationship between faith and action. We … Continue reading

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October 10, 2010 – Faith and Action: Lord Willing

text: James 4:13-17 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.commonenglishbible.com I offer some brief random reflections on this passage this week for your consideration . . . It can be really frustrating when we make plans … Continue reading

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October 3, 2010 – Faith and Action: A Wise Choice

text: James 3:13-18 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.commonenglishbible.com The wisdom tradition in the life of Israel teaches us that the righteous prosper and the wicked perish. To a some extent this is true. If … Continue reading

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September 26, 2010 – Show-Off

text: James 2:14-18 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.biblestudytools.com A show-off is someone who likes taking the spotlight—calling attention to themselves by the things that they do. A show-off will often do far more than … Continue reading

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September 19, 2010 – True Devotion

text: James 1:19-27 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.commonenglishbible.com Salvation is a gift from God. There is no way around that. Salvation has to be a gift because we human beings cannot do anything to … Continue reading

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Faith and Action

We say we are justified by faith. That’s biblical. Yet, that is not the whole story. The Letter of James reminds us that there is more. As followers of Christ we are called to follow the example of Christ. That … Continue reading

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Jubilee Continues

Since I have not been preparing a sermon for this week [Mike Meloy is preaching for our Jubilee Sunday celebration] I have had some time to reflect a little more on the meaning of Jubilee. As we have already observed, … Continue reading

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September 5, 2010 – Make Yourself Useful

text: Philemon 4-21 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.biblestudytools.com Onesimus was a slave who once belonged to Philemon. For one reason or another Onesimus has left Philemon to be with Paul and is now returning. … Continue reading

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August 22, 2010 – Shaken, Not Stirred

text: Hebrews 12:18-29 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.biblestudytools.com When God’s people gathered with Moses at the foot of Mount Sinai about 50 days after crossing the Red Sea, it was quite a show. There … Continue reading

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August 8, 2010 – Stands to Reason

text: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 click on the link above to read the text at http://www.biblegateway.com The relationship between faith and reason often eludes us. Faith can be so fleeting and is often subjective. Reason, on the other hand, depends on … Continue reading

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