This week's topic was "How Faith Works in Temptations" from James 1:9-18.
Lots of stuff to talk about, so let's get to it:
- 4 Things God Cannot Do — I referenced a list of four things God cannot do. Here they are:
- God cannot lie (Titus 1:2)
- God cannot tempt or be tempted (James 1:13)
- God cannot deny himself…someone who's a part of the body of Christ (2 Timothy 2:13)
- God cannot change (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
- Bonhoeffer Quote — FYI. The quote I used on sin from Bonheoffer's book entitled "Temptation" came from p.48 of R. Kent Hughes' commentary on James.
- Cutting Corners — On the example of people weighing the coins in the Roman Empire to ensure they'd not been shaved down for personal gain, someone told me the U.S. applied the same reasoning to implementing knurling (edge patterning) our coins. Before 1964, they were made of precious metals and the government didn't want people cutting them down too.
- Way Worser? — After first service, someone grabbed me and told me that I talked about people who sin "way worser than you." WHAT was I thinking???
- "Sorry" for My Loss — After second service, David Katz grabbed me and offered "condolences" for my loss of basketball on carpet and football because of my two knee surgeries. I wished he wasn't smiling so big when he said it. 🙂
- The Challenge of Being Rich — I didn't have the chance to hit up my favorite verses on the inherent dangers of being rich. They are Psalm 49:11-12 and Revelation 3:14-18.
- Why Slam the Rich? — After second service, someone grabbed me about why I was only slamming the rich and not speaking those people who are rich but serve God. I apologized for miscommunicating. James is definitely slamming those people who are rich because they are unethically taking advantage of the poor. But I meant to say riches are a paradox in Scripture:
- According to Scripture, it is WISE to to pay off debt and build up savings and wealth to be generous.
- At the same time, we should NEVER TRUST our riches. Instead, we should trust God regardless of our financial position.
- Do the Connect Card? — The same man asked me if he, as a long-timer, should fill out the Connect Card at the end of service. I said yes, if only to make it safe to those guests around him to do the same and fill out a Connect Card themselves.
- Nice Boots! — Those nice boots you see on our series graphic came courtesy of Brian King who just had VERY serious back surgery. (Pray for him!) I wore those boots during our "Indiana Jones and the Temple of You" series during our study of the Tabernacle a couple years ago. The pictures were shot by our own Ben Abu Saada, with support from Marie King. They're great pix!
Next week's topic? James 1:19-27. "How Faith Works in Learning." Don't forget Peter Loth will be with us next weekend to give us a snapshot of his story, in anticipation of his big presentation on Wed Oct 13!