Posts from February 2019

Posts from February 2019

The Reward for Endurance – James 1:12

Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12) Pastor John’s Notes: The reward for enduring trials may not be immediately evident. Sometimes we will resist temptation or refuse to participate in some activity we know does not honor God, and the people around us may not understand our restraint. From their perspective, we are missing an…

Material Humility – James 1:9-11

Let the brother of humble circumstances boast in his exaltation, but let the rich boast in his humiliation because he will pass away like a flower of the field. For the sun rises and, together with the scorching wind, dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance perishes. In the same way, the rich person will wither away while pursuing his activities. (James 1:9-11) Pastor John’s Notes: When the church was first formed, one noticeable differences…

God’s Gift of Wisdom – James 1:5-7

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord, being double-minded and unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-7) Pastor John’s Notes: Wisdom is the ability to perceive the circumstances of our…

Joy in Trials – James 1:2-4

Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4) Pastor John’s Notes: How are we Christians to respond to the various trials we face? Not only with joy, but with great joy! Rather than complain and grumble about the troubles we face in this life,…

The Book of James

This week we will begin a study in the book of James, which is a general epistle written for believers everywhere. The General Epistles, otherwise known as the Catholic Epistles or Hebrew Epistles were written to the entire Church without regard to specific locations. They address the blessings and challenges of the Christian life that all believers face and are useful for daily encouragement. The General Epistles are listed as follows: James 1 Peter 2 Peter 1 John 2 John…

The Final Judgment – Matthew 25:46

And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46) Pastor John’s Notes: There are two ultimate outcomes of all humanity: eternal life or eternal punishment. God desires us to have eternal life and we desire that too. Eternal punishment is eternal separation from God, who is the source of life, love, and beauty. As in this life, we experience downward spirals, eternal separation from God is the ultimate downward spiral with no hope…

Failure to See Christ – Matthew 25:44-45

Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ (Matthew 25:44-45) Pastor John’s Notes: Selfishness blinds us to the presence of God. Those who live only for themselves fail to see God in…

The Judgement of the Unloving – Matthew 25:41-43

Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you didn’t take me in; I was naked and you didn’t clothe me, sick and in prison and you didn’t take care of me.’ (Matthew 25:41-43)…

Simple Kindness – Matthew 25:37-40

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or without clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did…

The Reward of the Righteous – Matthew 25:34-36

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison…