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Encourage

Encourage

“ENCOURAGE One Another” (5/24/20)

We live in relationship-starved times. If it’s not the pandemic, it’s the way that technology often robs us of “high-touch” emotional connectedness. The church can even sometimes lose site of the importance of true and intimate community. The Bible encourages us through a number of, what have often been called, “one another” passages. We start with ENCOURAGEMENT! (1 Thess. 5:11)

[#1 in the series: “CHURCH.COMmunity”]

Pray

Pray

May 17, 2020, by Dr. David Ray

“PRAY!” (James 5:13-18)
There are those people who pray (at least a little), and then there is James. Prayer was so much a part of his life that history tells us he gained an unusual nickname: “Old Camel Knees.” Because of all the time he spent in prayer, his knees evidently grew calloused and gnarled, just like those of an old camel. If you want to learn something about prayer, it’s good to have a teacher who is well-experienced in the practice.

[from the sermon series, “JAMES: Blue Jeans Theology”]

A Mother’s Rise to Fame

A Mother’s Rise to Fame

May 10, 2020, by Dr. David Ray

“A MOTHER’S RISE TO FAME” (Judges 4-5)  5/10/20
Sometimes you find Mother’s Day stories in unexpected places. This one comes from ancient times, during a era of serious conflict, but filled with lots of current day application. Watch and discover how “Deborah arose a mother in Israel.”

Patience

Patience

May 3, 2020, by Dr. David Ray

“PATIENCE!” (James 5:7-11)  5/3/20
Someone has estimated that Americans collectively spend some 37 billion hours per year waiting somewhere on something. Are you a patient person? I know, it’s a personal question, but it’s a spiritual one, too. And James’ letter has some very practical advice to give.
[from the sermon series: “The Letter of James: Blue Jeans Theology”]  

Am I Rich?

Am I Rich?

April 26, 2020, by Dr. David Ray

JAMES has a strong word to say to the “rich.” It’s easy to conclude that he’s talking to somebody else, but wealth is a relative thing. And you might be surprised to find out just how rich you actually are, along with what spiritual responsibility that brings. (James 5:1-6)

[from the sermon series, “The Letter of James: Blue Jeans Theology”]
Causes and Cures

Causes and Cures

April 19, 2020, by Dr. David Ray

“QUARRELS & FIGHTS | CAUSES & CURES” (James 4:1-10)

“What causes the quarrels and fights among you?” A question for the ages. Cain & Abel, Jacob & Esau, Saul & David. Each a sad case study in conflict. And, today, Rodney King’s plea still resonates: “Can we all get along?” James 4:1-10 helps us with practical words about both causes and a cure.
[From the SERIES: “The Letter of James: Blue Jean’s Theology”]
I Have Seen the Lord

I Have Seen the Lord

April 12, 20202 – Dr. David Ray

“I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!” (John 20:1-18)

She is a main character in the Easter story, even though she doesn’t have the “star power” many might expect for so key a role. But, perhaps, it’s for that very reason that she “plays” the part so perfectly. Let me introduce you to Mary Magdalene–first witness to the resurrection.
Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday

April 5, 2020 – Dr. David Ray

“Holy Saturday” (Matthew 27:45-27; Luke 23:56)

In much of life we need to go through dark “Saturdays” before we get to Easter “Sundays.” Don’t rush ahead into the “light” when much is to be learned–often some of life’s best lessons–while “walking in the the dark.”

Faith That Works

Faith That Works

March 29, 2020 – Dr. David Ray
“Faith that Works” (James 2:14-26)
Someone has asked: “If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough faith to convict you?” Faith is something you do. Or, as The Message puts some words from James: “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?”
What About Tomorrow?

What About Tomorrow?

March 22, 2020 – Dr. David Ray
“What About Tomorrow?” (James 4:13-17)
An old proverb puts it this way: “Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.” (Prov. 27:1 NLT) Or James says it this way: “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? (Ja. 4:14 NLT) So where does this leave us in how we should all live?