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57 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
Changing Situations With God-Power
Changing Situations With God-Power James 5:13-16 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. When suffering: Pray. (v. 13) Suffering has always been part of life. All people have trouble. (Job 14:1) Sometimes people suffer because of their own sins. Christians will suffer simply for being Believers. (2 Timothy 3:12) Sometimes suffering just happens. (John 9:1-3) How should we handle suffering? Wrong ways: Right ways: When Cheerful: Sing Praises. (v. 13) What exactly is Cheerful? Sing Praises. When Sick: Call the Elders of the Church. (vv. 14-15) Is this miraculous or providential? Why call the elders? Who are the “Elders?” What are they to do? When in Sin: Confess. (v. 16; 1 John 1:9) Sin affects fellowship: With God. (1 John 1:6) With other believers. (Ephesians 5:11) We are called to fellowship with both. We are to confess sin to those with whom fellowship is affected: The post Changing Situations With God-Power appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
61 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Patience James 5:7-11 7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. Patience. (vv. 7-8) Definition: The English word “patience” comes from the Greek word Makrothumeo. The fact is…we are anything BUT patient today. This is why Paul writes that it is important to be humble and gentle. We aren’t really being patient with people or God. Second Definition: Additional Greek Word for “patience”: Hupomone. Refers to the internal heart of the individual, rather than just their attitude. Why? “The Lord’s Coming.” (vv. 7-9) The belief in the Lord’s return gives us reason to patiently endure. (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18) Endure what? Why? We must be completely blameless, and wait in patient endurance. His coming is near. (v. 8) The Bible says it is. Jesus has spoken but are we listening? He is always near. (v. 9) What does this mean? What is (Jesus) doing there? To see the wickedness of mankind. (Hebrews 4:13) To answer the prayers of the afflicted who belong to Him. (1 Peter 3:12) Impatience causes condemnation. (v. 9) Grumbling. We can do this. Examples. All of the Prophets. (James 5:10; Matthew 5:10-12; Job; James 5:11; Job 1-2; 13:15; 42:7-17) The post Patience appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
66 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
Rich and Poor at the Same Time
Rich and Poor at the Same Time James 5:1-6 5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. Who is rich? What defines riches? It’s clearly not just those who have money, property, and prosperity. (James 2:23; Genesis 13:2, 5-6) Wrong attitudes toward money and possessions. (Mark 10:23-25; 1 Timothy 6:6-10) How do I acquire money and possessions? Do I trust money and possessions for security? How do I use my money and possessions? The Pearl of Great Price. (Matthew 13:45-46) Which richness to you identify with? Would you sell your soul for a bowl of stew? Those rich in worldly riches will be miserable. James 5:1 The vanity of riches. (James 5:2-3) The sins of the rich in society. (James 5:3-6) Where your treasure is… (Matthew 6:19-21) Your heart will be also. Store up your treasure in Heaven. The post Rich and Poor at the Same Time appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
70 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
With or Without God?
With or Without God? James 4:13-17 NLT 13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. I must not ignore God. (vv. 13-16) (This is “ungodliness.”) Some Christians fail to include God in their plans. There are two ways this can happen How and why do these things happen? We should know why this is foolish. But sometimes things we SHOULD know, we either don’t…or claim we don’t. Society is absolutely ignoring God. This is easily recognizable in the things we’ve done. One day people will not be able to ignore God. Romans 14:11 Revelation 6:12-17 Humanity only has so much control. I must obey God. (v. 17) To know the commands and not obey compounds the guilt. (Luke 12:47-48) We must make serving God the goal and direction of our lives. (Philippians 2:12) We must first become Christians. We must work diligently and tirelessly in the service of God. (Romans 12:1-2; 9-13) Society isn’t obeying God. We can see the prophetical predictions of the Bible in our everyday lives. 2 Timothy 3 and Romans 1 The Church isn’t obeying God. (If it were, these verses would not be in the Scripture:) Matthew 7:21-23 Luke 10:25-28 Hebrews 6:4-6 The post With or Without God? appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
75 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
Evil Thoughts and Words
Evil Thoughts and Words James 4:11-12; Matthew 15:19 NLT From evil thoughts, come evil words. Why do we have evil thoughts? Evil thoughts are the natural condition of sinful humanity. (Genesis 6:5) Evil thoughts are due to a sinful mind. (Matthew 9:4) Evil thoughts come from one place. But there are two reasons: Jealousy and pride are the two main culprits. Some people just love gossip and drama. God wants to transform our evil thoughts. (Romans 12:2) We must allow God to do it. What happens when we have evil thoughts? (Luke 6:45 ESV) We speak evil things. We’re given over to a debased mind. (Romans 1) Eventually, we’re separated from God. What are evil words? (v. 11) Evil words are whatever we speak that isn’t pleasing to God. Evil words don’t include rebuke when it’s necessary: It does include gossip and slander. (Psalm 15:1-3) Why we shouldn’t speak poorly of others. (vv. 11-12) We’re playing God. (v. 11) We cannot determine, nor judge God’s law. Yet, we are required to judge people in some ways. (John 7:24) And still, some judging is sinful. (Matthew 7:1-6) Sinful judging is the result of pride. (v. 10) The post Evil Thoughts and Words appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
74 minutes | Aug 18, 2019
The War Within
The War Within James 4:1-10 (NRSV) 4 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. The causes of war. (vv. 1-5) War in the heart causes wars among believers. (v. 1) What is war? Selfish hearts. Selfishness vs. Selfish Hearts. Selfish Actions. Selfish Prayers. War in the heart comes from friendship with the enemy. (vv. 4-5) By being friends with the world we declare war against God. By being friends with the world we are unfaithful to God. What brings peace? (Seven Imperatives for Peace) (vv. 6-10) Submit to God. (v. 7); Luke 1:26-38 Resist the devil. (v. 7) Draw near to God. (v. 8); Hebrews 10:22 Wash your hands. (v. 8); Isaiah 1:16 Purify your hearts. (v. 8); Matthew 5:8 Grieve, mourn and wail. (v. 9); Matthew 5:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10 Humble yourselves. (v.10); 1 Peter 5:6-7 The post The War Within appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
58 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
Two Kinds of Wisdom
Two Kinds of Wisdom James 3:13-18 13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Wisdom is known by actions or rather than words. (v. 13) Who is wise? The Jewish lay people wanted to be teachers. – James 3:1 What qualifications do we require for a teacher today? How does one demonstrate wisdom and knowledge? Earthly Wisdom. (vv. 14-16) Evidence. (v. 14) Earthly. (v. 15) Results. (v. 16) Wisdom from Heaven or Above. (vv. 7-18) Evidence. (v. 13) Nature. (v. 17) Results. (v. 18) The post Two Kinds of Wisdom appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
64 minutes | Aug 4, 2019
Controlling The Powerful Tongue
Controlling The Powerful Tongue James 3:1-12 3 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. 3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. Not everyone should teach. (vv. 1-2) What does this mean? Why did James make this statement? (vv.1-2) Teachers receive a stricter judgment. (v.1; Matthew 18:6-7) It is very difficult NOT to sin with the tongue. (v. 2) The tongue is small but powerful. (vv. 3-5) The tongue is like: A small bit that turns a large horse. (v.3) A small rudder that turns a large ship. (v. 4) A small fire that ignites an inferno. (v.5) These are good examples because: We don’t typically realize what damage the tongue can or will do until after it has already happened. What damage does it inflict? The tongue is not tameable, yet is powerful for good. The tongue has incredible power to harm. (v. 6) Only God can tame the “untameable” tongue. When we accept forgiveness, and receive salvation…the process immediately begins. It is totally inconsistent for Christians to misuse the tongue. (vv. 9-12) What is controlling your tongue? The post Controlling The Powerful Tongue appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
55 minutes | Jul 15, 2019
Just One Little Sin
Just One Little Sin James 2:10-13 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Just one little sin… makes you a sinner. (v. 10) God expects us to keep all His law. (Leviticus 19:37; Matthew 28:20) We do not have the right decide. If we’re willing to violate even one command… It only takes one sin to be condemned. (Romans 6:23; Acts 8:18-23) Just one little sin… isn’t forgiven by faithful observance of all the rest of God’s law. (v. 11) Should a murderer go free because of an otherwise exemplary life? (Ezekiel 18:26) God will not pass over a sin committed in a weak moment by an otherwise righteous person. (Mark 10:17-22) Just one little sin… if unforgiven, will condemn us in judgment. (v. 12) We will all be judged in some manner. (Romans 14:10) We will be judged by the law of liberty. (v. 8; Romans 2:16) For those who: Listen, repent, and change; the mercy of God forgives us from the judgment of “just one little sin.” (v. 13) The unbeliever. (Titus 3:5) The erring Christian. (Hebrews 4:14-16) To obtain this mercy, we must also be merciful. (Matthew 5:7) The post Just One Little Sin appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
77 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
True Christianity vs. False Christianity
True Christianity vs. False Christianity False religion (Christianity). What is “religion”? The Jews thought true religion consisted in traditionalism. (Matthew 15:1-2) Jesus taught that true religion consisted of inner purity leading to outward obedience. (Matthew 15:3, 7-9; 23:25-26) Considering yourself religious is worthless. (v. 26) True and undefiled religion (Christianity). Religious practice that is obedient and pleases God. Do good and remain unstained from the World. What is unstained from the World? How to know the difference. The Word of God is the standard. What others’ say and believe or feelings…aren’t. The post True Christianity vs. False Christianity appeared first on Free Life Community Church.
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