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06 Aug James (Faith in Action) – Ep 13 – Live as Christ’s Church

Sunday Service: August 6th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 13
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 5:12-20
Speaker Intro:
This week we wrap it up with James 5:12-20.  As all the epistles seem to do, James comes to the end of his scroll (that’s how I picture it at least) and starts hitting his readers with bullet-point reminders on how they should live as Christ’s church.  We will be highlighting three in particular – that the church might be a community that is trustworthy (we mean what we say), vulnerable (we invite God and others into both highs and lows), and restoring (loving enough to bring correction).

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30 Jul James (Faith in Action) – Ep 12 – Patience in Suffering

Sunday Service: July 30th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 12
Speaker: Samantha Morey
Scripture FocusJames 5:7-11
Speaker Intro:
Suffering is an invitation to a deeper level of living with God… James 5 7-11 offers us 3 tools for handling the ubiquitous season of suffering.  How do we show up for ourselves and for others when it strikes.

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23 Jul James (Faith In Action) – Ep 11 – $$$$

Sunday Service: July 23rd, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 11
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 5:1-6
Speaker Intro:
This weekend, James wants to talk to us about our money.  This too is spiritual!  Here (5:1-6) James paints a scathing contrast between those who live from a place of generosity vs greed, simplicity vs hoarding, and fairness vs oppression.  God, he says, will judge those who indulge themselves while those around them suffer.  Buckle up . . .

* Due to technical difficulties, podcast contains some distortions, so please adjust volume accordingly *

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16 Jul James (Faith In Action) – Ep 10 – Pride and Arrogance

Sunday Service: July 16th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 10
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 4:11-17
Speaker Intro:
This week we are back in our series, James 4:11-17.  Here James looks again at that same pride that causes fights between us, and shows us two other resulting problems.  Our arrogance can lead to us judging one another, and to us presumptuously making plans without considering what God wants for us.  The antidote he prescribes is humility, and submission to God’s Word and will.

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09 Jul Sharing by Mozambique team

Sunday Service: July 9th, 2017
Title: Sharing by Mozambique team
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Speaker Intro:
This week: the global team will be recapping their trip, and I will be sharing a brief devotion out of 1 Timothy 1:12-17 on us doing mission from a posture of humility.

* There is no podcast recorded for this event *

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02 Jul James (Faith In Action) – Ep 09 – Real Community

Sunday Service: July 2nd, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 09
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: James 3:18, 4:1-12
Speaker Intro:
This week we are in James 4:1-12 but I am going to include in this James 3:18 as an important link between last week’s and this week’s passages. As we have seen James is this intensely practical book and throughout the subject of Christian community has been in the background. This week, James brings that to the foreground – Chiefly, what does real Christian community look like?  This week James reminds us why Christian community is so important as it is the primary way that we experience transformation and affirm the truth of the gospel.  James warns us about the barriers and threats to community in non-participation and fighting. At the root of this is our pride. Our arrogance and spiritual pride.  The cure? True humility.

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25 Jun James (Faith In Action) – Ep 08 – Wisdom

Sunday Service: June 25th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 08
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 3:13-18
Speaker Intro:
This week James 3:13-18.  So James, ever subtle, lays out two paths: wisdom from heaven, and “wisdom” from hell.  The first comes from pure motives, and leads to good deeds done in humility.  The second comes from envy and ambition, and leads to discord and evil.  The problem: we can’t always tell which path we’re on until it’s too late.  James wants us to learn how to tell the difference.

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18 Jun James (Faith In Action) – Ep 07 – Our Words

Sunday Service: June 18th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 07
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 3:1-12
Speaker Intro:
This week we’re back to James, Faith in Action.  Our text is James 3:1-12, where James tells us that our words are powerful.  They have power to shape our lives when used well, or to destroy our lives when used carelessly.  And the command of God is that we become people whose words are only used to bring glory to God, not to tear down others.

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04 Jun James (Faith In Action) – Ep 06 – Real Faith

Sunday Service: June 4th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 06
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 2:14-26
Speaker Intro:
This week we are in James 2:14-26, on real faith.  For James, faith is not real unless it produces action.  When it is the real deal, James sees faith moving from sentiment to action, assent to allegiance, and from cheap grace to costly grace.  Good times!

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28 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 05 – Favoritism

Sunday Service: May 28th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 05
Speaker: Cameron Coulter
Scripture Focus: James 2:1-13
Speaker Intro:
I love the book of  James, and I am honored and looking forward to speaking into this series. Needless to say, it’s going to be a great weekend and Sunday. Thanks for all the time, energy, and pray that you give.

While we all know that discrimination, and even nepotism is wrong, it’s hard to think that being extra nice to someone based on how they look or who they are is a bad thing. This week we are in James 2:1-13, where James explains why Christian’s and Christian communities can’t show favoritism. James gives us three reasons why favoritism must not be a part of the Christian life and community: it leads to discrimination, it devalues people, and it’s unloving. Instead we should have mercy, because as James puts it, “Mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13b).”

 

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21 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 04 – True and False

Sunday Service: May 21st, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 04
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 1:19-26
Speaker Intro:
This week we are in James 1:19-26, where James contrasts true and false religion, true and false righteousness.  The truly righteous person, he tells us, is the one who looks to Jesus to develop self-control, obedience to God’s Word, who flees from sin, and who cares for the vulnerable.

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14 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 03 – Handling Temptations

Sunday Service: May 14th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 03
Speaker: Doug Lee
Scripture Focus: James 1:12-18
Speaker Intro:
We are picking up in James 1:12-18 as James transitions very stealthily into the subject of temptation.  James makes the distinction here that every trial comes with a core temptation to blame God in some way.  This is not the case. God does not tempt us, but rather temptation taps into something within us. Rather than giving into temptation, even in small imperceptible ways, we should instead seek to trust in God and His word because He is not the tempter, but the giver of every good and perfect gift.

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07 May James (Faith In Action) – Ep 02 – Handling Trials

Sunday Service: May 7th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 02
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 1:2-12
Speaker Intro:
This week: Handling trials, out of James 1:2-12.  Amazingly, James tells believers to respond to difficulties with joy.  Why?  Because trials build perseverance, which is the raw material for mature, complete living.  To do this well, he encourages us to seek God for wisdom and perspective.

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30 Apr James (Faith In Action) – Ep 01 – Introduction

Sunday Service: April 30th, 2017
Series: James: Faith In Action
Episode: 01
Speaker: Tim Morey
Scripture Focus: James 1:1
Speaker Intro:
This week we start a new series in the book of James that we’re calling “faith in action.”  James is an interesting NT letter in that he isn’t concerned much with teaching theology, but with calling Christians to live into what they already know.  This week we are looking at James 1:1, introducing the author and the themes of the letter.

The big idea: if you claim to follow Jesus you have to live like it.

 

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27 Apr Creation: Who Cares?

Sunday Service: April 23rd, 2017
Speaker: Brenda Chance
Scripture Focus: Romans 8:18-27
Further Reading: An Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation (online: http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/sustainability/documents/declaration.pdf)
Speaker Intro:
This past Sunday, we explored the question: Why did Jesus need to rise? Discovering the answer to be because of our need for a new life, this week we seek to understand one of the many implications of that new, resurrection-life: creation care. (Earth Day is April 22 and it serves as a good reminder to reflect on the ethics of environmentalism: What is the Christian responsibility?) The testimony of Scripture is that the resurrection of Jesus extends its reach to every aspect of creation. As those infused by the Spirit with resurrection-hope, we participate in Christ’s restoration and renewal all of things. As N.T. Wright has said, “When humans are put right, creation is put right.” More than believing that redemption is only for us, the redeemed are healers and restorers, helping God’s blessed and good creation be what God always intended it to be.

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