Tag Archives: James

November 16 – Are You Thinking About Stuffing or De-Stuffing?

James 4; Jeremiah 27-28; Psalm 132 We seem to be in eternal competition here in the United States. We compare ourselves to our neighbors. In fact, one of the major, annual competitions is about to start – house decorations for … Continue reading

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November 15 – Blessing and Cursing From the Same Mouth?

James 3; Jeremiah 25-26; Psalm 131 Scientists today are praising the art of gossip. They explain their position by noting that this is how social norms are passed on. Apparently, people won’t know what’s right and what’s wrong unless tales … Continue reading

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November 14 – When God’s Grace Gets All of You

James 2; Jeremiah 23-24; Psalm 130 There is a debate among people who hire others to work for them that can get very interesting. Which is more important in hiring someone to do a job – their academic qualifications or … Continue reading

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July 8 – Got Any Identification?

Mark 14:32-72; 1 Kings 9; Hosea 11:1-11 As Debit cards first came into use, they were called “check cards.” Bob Dole made fun of his 1996 election loss as he recounted his return to Russell, Kansas – the place where … Continue reading

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June 30 – Gaining Power in God’s Kingdom

Mark 10:32-52; 2 Samuel 24; Hosea 4:1-11a There are a lot of self-help books and articles in the world that tell you how to get and use power. It seems that everyone wants power. When you have power, you can … Continue reading

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March 17 – From the Mountain Top to the Mundane

Matthew 17; Numbers 3-4; Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16 Jury Duty. It’s one of those civic duties that we all should participate in, but very few seem to like it. Larry is a guy that got his first summons to appear for jury … Continue reading

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July 11 – Keeping Things Even

Psalm 25:11-20; Job 24:1-8; James 2:1-7 A while back my pastor asked me to take his place in a ministry that he is involved in outside the church. I would share the gospel with some homeless men at a shelter … Continue reading

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July 7 – Faith, Works, Grace

Psalm 25:1-10; Genesis 41:14-36; James 2:14-26 You’ve probably heard people say that we need to do something about poverty in the US. We do. There is no doubt about it. Their solutions, however, don’t match their words. They don’t get … Continue reading

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June 9 – The Prime Directive

Psalm 32; 2 Samuel 13:23-39; James 4:1-7 The Prime Directive guides the Star Trek Universe. As they seek to explore new worlds, one of the life or death rules is that they will not interfere with the development of alien … Continue reading

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June 7 – But They’re Different!

Psalm 68:1-10 19-20; Judges 11:29-40; Galatians 2:11-14 Middle School is an awkward time for kids. They are thrown into a new surrounding and all the social rules have changed. Now, in order to be “cool” kids have to know who … Continue reading

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