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A Series on the Book of James by Pastor Ken Pierpont
21 July 2019 Accepting Adversity (Lessons from the Book of James)
Pastor Billy Robertson message notes
Do you ever wonder about all that peace and abundant life promised when the hard times come? Do you get discouraged? Wonder what happened? What did I do to deserve the troubles? Why this? Why now? Where are You? Jesus warned His followers that everything isn't going to be easy, but "all things work together for good" sounds pretty hollow in the dark times... Pastor Billy Robertson is looking at the adversity and troubles that tend to be in our lives ~ some light, some tragic. And, there is an answer that makes sense. Listen to the audio or watch the video as Pastor Billy shares his message on "Accepting Adversity."
Words! How many times have someone’s words come back to haunt or comfort you? How many times have you said something without thinking, or in anger, or just off the cuff that hurt another, usually a loved one? And how conscious are you to say a kind word or give a genuine compliment when you get the chance?
According to the narratives in the Gospels, Jesus spoke more, taught more, and preached more than He acted. Of course we know the world cannot hold all the information, preaching, and actions He took while He walked among us, but we should pay close attention to what He said as His words have eternal worth. He talked about and warned us concerning our thoughts and words above and beyond our actions.
Elder Phil introduced this sermon with the responsive reading James 3. That chapter reminds the believer over and over to mind what comes out of one's mouth. Words can heal or words can harm; they can uplift and help or they can damage and destroy.
This sermon reminds us to mind what we say, to hear more than talk, to think and consider before reacting, and to remember that what we say not only defines us, but impacts other. Be careful, and
We have regular issues and questions for which there seems to be no answer. We have challenges and battles we can't seem to win. Now what? We find out, against our own wishes, that when push comes to shove, we just don't have that much wisdom or power. We have to face the fact that we are not God. We know that in our heart of hearts and those unsolvable troubles point it out as an obvious fact. Knowing that none of us have all the answers, that we are not God, we need to turn to Him to fulfill needs and wants and guide us through the tough times. This humility should direct us to seek His pleasure instead of our own, however. So how do we please God? Scripture tells us that "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16). In this sermon, Pastor Josh leads us through the thinking that leads us to peace and understanding the answers that will come from our prayers.