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Be Careful What You Ask For

Text: Judges 10:6-12:7
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: July 24, 2011

Have you ever asked for something and then regretted it later? Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will look at one of the most amazing accounts of this in the Bible – the story of Jephthah.

As we examine Jephthah’s words and actions, we will be asking why he made and kept his vow. This sad passage can be very convicting as we see how similar we are to Jephthah in many ways – having a desire for idols, a wrong view of God, and a lack of faith. It is a powerful example of the horrific damage that can be done when we view life this way. It is also a gloriously encouraging passage as we realize that Christ came so we no longer have to live as Jephthah did.

Please read Judges 10:6-12:7 before coming to church tomorrow. Because of the length of the passage, I will be summarizing some parts of it and it will be helpful to you if you have read them beforehand.

A Model for Prayer

Text: 1 Chronicles 29:10-22
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: July 17, 2011

Tomorrow morning I am planning on preaching from 1 Chronicles 29:10-22. The
“Big Idea” as contained in this text is the theme of prayer. Hence the title of
the message, “A Model for Prayer”.

Could I encourage you all to read this chapter in its entirety, paying
particular attention to vss. 10-22 and try to identify various aspects of the
familiar A.C.T.S (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) acrostic we
often use to help us in praying? Note how David fills his heart with wonderful
truths about his LORD God, and how mighty and wonderful his prayer becomes as he
does so!

I am hopeful all of our prayer lives will be sharpened and strengthened as a
result of our time together tomorrow.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

Text: James 3:13-18
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: July 10, 2011

I have heard of a TV show which challenges its viewers, “Are you smarter than a fifth grader”?
James presents a more significant challenge, “Are you wise?”
Biblical wisdom goes far beyond mere intelligence or knowledge. Wisdom involves living well before God. James has already spoken of our need for wisdom (1:5-8).
In today’s text (3:13-18), James contrasts the characteristics, the source, and the outcome of worldly versus godly wisdom.
The focus of James’ concern about the outcome of wisdom pertains especially to our relationships with one-another (which will be the subject continued in 4:1ff).
The characteristics of true wisdom correspond closely to the fruit of the Spirit and the Beatitudes. Every one of these qualities is exemplified in Christ.

Our passage is also related to what has preceded. Just as James had taught that true faith is demonstrated by works (2:14-26), so true wisdom will be demonstrated by its good behavior (3:13).
The wise person will speak (3:1-12) as well as acting well.

James emphasizes that true wisdom is characterized by humility 3:13). Does this mean that wise people are wimps and that a godly person cannot be an ambitious achiever?
Scripture teaches us that as we put away ambition for self-glory we can be zealous to do great things for the glory of God.

Who Can Tame the Tongue?

Text: James 3:1-12
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: July 3, 2011

Each of us struggles to control our tongues. James says that it is humanly impossible to tame the tongue, but we will see that with God all things are possible.

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