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Sermons on James

everything is a gift

Everything is a Gift

Who likes writing thank-you notes? Who finds it a chore? How often do you give a gift and not receive a thank you note? As I write this sermon, I have just remembered a note that I intended to write this week and failed to do. There is a disconnect sometimes between the gratitude we feel and how we act. (Psalm 136:1-9,26, James 1:17)

food for life

Food for Life

“Sticks and stones may hurt bones, but names will never hurt me?” How true do you find this old expression? Do our words matter? There is a proverb that compares our words to honeycomb, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” And the apostle James gives us some wisdom about how we should guard our words. The words that we speak and hear feed us and can be life-giving or life-destroying. (Proverbs 16:24, James 3:1-12)

works of mercy

Works of Mercy

Salvation is not just from sin but for godliness and works of compassion. For Wesley, evangelism and ministries to the poor were inextricably linked and two sides of the same gospel. The holistic gospel that Wesley preached was called the “scripture way of salvation.” When churches stop serving others, then something seems to die. Spiritual vitality requires a personal faith and God working through us to serve our neighbors. (James 2:14-20)