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Fragile Future

Knowing that we are mist-people motivates us to cling to our solid God....

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Talk about the future

If we’re not careful, we’ll plan our lives without giving thought to God....

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No shuffle

We are freshwater people. ...

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Words like God

We are made in God’s image and likeness....

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Why Try

Knowing that we’ll stumble prepares us to receive God’s helping hand as he draws us to our feet to try again....

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Spark

Fire in the fireplace can give warmth to the house. Fire in a grill can feed a family. Fire in a lamp can give light to a community. But we must, must, must prevent forest fires....

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The Power of Words

This week we’ll be listening to James’ teaching on the importance (and difficulty) of taming the tongue....

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Deeds and faith

Take a Holy-Spirit-led inventory of your faith and deeds...

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Faith into action

What are some ways you can put your faith into action?...

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Faith without deeds

Why would anyone claim to have faith without deeds?...

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Laws and Freedom

James believes that God can use the law to give freedom. ...

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Listening and Doing

Listening is important work. But listening is not the same as doing....

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Favoritism Commandment

How does favoritism connect with The Great Commandment? ...

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Excusing Favoritism

We can find a dozen different reasons to justify our favoritism. But in the end, just like an unhealthy relationship, favoritism will hurt us....

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Surprising Favoritism

When James tells us not to show favoritism, it isn’t because everyone’s equal....

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Favoritism Example

We find ourselves attracted to people who are like us and to people who are like the people we wish we were like...

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Going to town on favoritism

Given our relationship with each other and our relationship with Jesus, how can we show favoritism? ...

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Filtering pollutants

We pray for wisdom and courage to navigate life in this beautiful, dangerous world....

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A history of caring

James explicitly singles out the care of orphans and widows in his description of “acceptable religion.” This is not a random choice....

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Doing Good in Hard Times

As the church expanded and grew, their concern for those who were less fortunate became one of their distinguishing marks....

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Worthless religion

James wants his readers to experience the joy of integrity....

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Good religion

This week we’ll be exploring James’ thoughts on religion, particularly the difference between “worthless religion” and “acceptable religion.”...

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