Last Sunday we talked about was "How Faith Works in Wisdom" from James 3:13-4:10.
I have been on a spiritual roller-coaster during this series through James, "The In-Your-Face Epistle"… from being encouraged & truly inspired, to being shattered & wrecked spiritually (in very, very good ways).
- Praise Making You Say "WOW" — I just replayed last week's service from minute 17:00 to 28:00 in order to listen to the following two songs again. Wow. Wow. Wow.
- Stories of God's Work — People are seeing God work all over the place…
- One of our seniors sent this note — "I want to take this opportunity to thank Grace Church…for all [your] caring and nurturing ways with us lazy Christians. I'm older and "been there, done that" is pretty much how I felt when I was looking for a church home. Same Sermons, same Lessons, new building, new pastor, BUT I have to say [Grace Church] has sparked a light in me I thought I was dead and gone. I was coasting along waiting to meet my Savior in heaven face to face. [You] hit me in the head and said, you are needed here in this church to serve. Because of limitations, I have to chose my ways to serve. I always can pray and love people, I can buy for our back packs, bring in canned foods, and help in those ways. As you will find someday when you are older, the desire is there to serve, but the body limits us. Thank you for allowing me to serve in a ways I can and that I enjoy. This church and the people in it have been a true [blessing] in my senior years."
- Laura posted this note last week (on this post) — "Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for posting this. I have been struggling with this for a few months now. I feel like God is calling me to do things for Him and I am at a point in life where, based on reading, sermons, and my surroundings and circumstance as well as what I believe to be the Holy Spirit trying to relay God's message, there is more for me to do. Since I still consider myself a baby when it comes to the stage I am in as a believer, I struggle since I am trying to lead my life with what God will is rather than with what "I" want to do. I really appreciate this help and guidance. I want to let you know how much of an impact and how close to home "Faith Works" series has impacted my and my families life. The last couple of weeks it has been as though you have been talking to me directly. Words can not express how thankful I am to God that he chose Grace Church as my church family. You are all so special to me. Thank you."
- Gary sent this note as he watched online (and filled out an Online Connect Card) — "i'm in Tx right now but watch every Sunday love [the service]"
- Meekness is NOT Weekness — I referenced work translated "meekness" and "gentleness" in Scripture, how it is NOT weekness. It was used of wild stallions who had been broken to submit all of their power (which they had NOT lost) to the will of the rider. Here were the other references I said I'd give you:
- Jesus was incredibly strong & meek — 2 Corinthians 10:1, Matthew 11:29
- Moses was incredibly strong & meek — Numbers 12:3
- People strong enough to be meek inherit the earth — Psalm 37:11, Matthew 5:5
- Meekness (power under control of God) is a fruit of the Spirit — Galatians 5:23
- Our God is Jealous — Our God makes no apologies that he wants to be the #1 love of our life (Matthew 22:37-38, Revelation 2:4-5). Of course, why SHOULD He apologize? He created the universe & everything in it for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11)! Because of this, God is unabashedly jealously over what He deserves: our hearts, minds, & affections.
- Exodus 20:5, 34:14
- Deuteronomy 4:24
- 1 Corinthians 10:22
- 2 Corinthians 11:2
Next week's topic is "How Faith Works in Planning" (Ooooooohhhh…) from James 4:11-5:6.