Great Sermon! Excellent exegeses of James 4:1-6. I would never have thought they were asking for wisdom in their prayers (verse 3), but now it seems obvious that they were. The explanation of the use of the word adulteresses opened my mind to better understand what James was getting at. Very profitable sermon. Friendship with the world is enmity with God, very powerful words indeed. As the Pharisees were looking at the outside of the cup, so I too think I look to much to the outside and see the need, through this series on James, to examine my heart and what is coming out from within.
Excellent Sermon! What a blessing this sermon has been to me. As I learn to battle sin, understanding the differences between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom, is of great benefit. Everyday is a battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Praise God He has given us everything we need in Jesus. May God grant to all of us His wisdom from above. Battle on dear brothers and sisters, though the victory is ours, in Christ, we still press on, and hold fast, to the glory of our God!
Outstanding Sermon! The horror of sin is clearly seen in this excellent message. God set forth these accounts for our example, may we heed them with all fear and trembling. Lord God, cause me to hate sin with all my heart and love you most of all.
Fascinating Sermon! This sermon is very interesting. I learned many things about the state of Israel at the time of this incident from 2 Sam. The battle strategies taking place and the horror that ensued because of the reading of motives. "...unfounded suspicion reveals a wicked mind." Matthew Henry quote. The beautiful Psalms, 20 & 21, and their meaning are explained. This is a wonderful sermon, but the very best is the conviction the Holy Spirit brought upon my heart and how wicked it is when I try to read others motives. I'm reminded "Love thinks no evil." (1 Cor. 13:5b) We are to love our enemies (See Mat. 5:24) I'm so grateful for this teaching from the Word of God. By His grace we press on to the glory of His faithfulness, His righteousness.
Always Convicting - But Needed This sermon is packed with excellent teaching from the Word of God. The illustrations, practical advice and great insight, from this pastor, have really blessed me. We all know how much trouble our tongues can cause and how hard it is to control. Things we should have said and things we shouldn't have said. Being able to communicate with others is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished, it's a huge responsibility as well. Can you imagine not being able to communicate, that would be horrible. Thanks be to our God who made us in His image. Oh Lord keep guard over my mouth.
Great Sermon! not only do u speak to us but also to the children,,,i wish i ahd this as a child,,,but thats ok,,,im here now,,thank u pastor steve for sharing yur sermon with us all,,,ALL FOR THE GLORY OF THE LORD,,,
Are you self-deceived? The most dangerous kind of deception is self-deception, as is very well explained here. Even Christians can be deceived. This sermon made me think about my own self and the things I believe. I like that many of the attributes of God were covered as examples of how we can be deceived as well as doctrinal deceptions. Always a blessing to examine oneself, I sure don't want be self-deceived when it comes to our God. I've really benefited from this series on James and we're still in chapter one! It sure is one power packed little book.
We need to take this sermon very seriously. Are we abiding in Christ through the word of God and the power of His Spirit? This is an excellent sermon. The word of God is everything for us who believe and what will condemn the unbeliever in the judgement to come. We better be very serious about receiving the Word.
Great Sermon! Many things we need to remember are brought up in this sermon. Trials can be extremely painful so how can we get through them with joy? Sometimes when we're in the midst of our trials we isolate ourselves, we look to God's word and pray and that's the best thing to do, but it's also excellent to have someone give an exegesis of the Scriptures who has great wisdom and experience. This sermon meets that need. I've been encouraged to press on, I hope you will be too. Praise God, He always meets our needs.
Great Beginning! Great beginning to this new series in the book of James. "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Cor. 2:14) So much trouble has come from the preaching of spritually dead men. Thank God for His faithfullness to raise up men who fear Him, in the Spirit, and can discern His Word. Faith/works? Can you discern how these two work together? I've learned a lot from this message.
Great Sermon! Good insight here, from key passages of Scriptures, in Acts, that show the spread of the gospel and establishment of the church. There truly is only one true church. Stephen's desire to show Christ from the O.T. helps us to see Jesus there as well. This is a very good message.
Woe Is Me! This sermon and the other three are good. Submission should come easy to us because of how great our God is, but woe is me, it's so hard. Isn't that sad. Praise to God that He is always at work for His glory and our good. Praise to God that Jesus is our righteousness. I appreciate the compassion that comes through in this series.