What does it really mean to ask of God in faith? Join Pastor Cory as we explore James 4:1-10 and reflect on what it means to grow closer to the heart of God in humility and surrender.
How do we know that what we think is wisdom is truly God’s wisdom? Join Pastor Cory for a reflection on James 3:13-18 on the limits of our own resources and the need for a wisdom deeper than our own.
What does it mean to "tame the tongue"? Do our words really make that much of a difference in the world around us? Join Pastor Cory for a reflection on James 3:1-12 on what it means for our speech to be transformed in a renewed life with Christ.
Are we really saved by faith alone? What does it really even mean to have faith if it makes no discernible difference in our actions? Join Pastor Cory for a reflection on James 2:14-26 for some thoughts on how the GOOD NEWS of salvation may be even better than we initially thought.
Pastor Cory reflects on the proposed denominational vision statement offered for the Brethren Church at last week's General Conference in Boise, ID:
"Our vision is to be a diverse family of Brethren churches, led by the Word and Spirit, innovating together to create relational spaces for every tribe, language, race, and nation to encounter God's redemptive Kingdom."
In a world marked by prejudice, how do we live into the revolutionary equality of Christ's Kingdom? What do we do with ourselves when we discover that our prejudices are wounding others and dishonoring God? Join Pastor Cory for a reflection on James 2:1-9 for some thoughts on examination, confession, repentance, and celebration at the welcome table.
There can be a big difference between what NOT to do (temptation) and what TO do (faithful action). Listen in as Pastor Cory gives some encouragement to faithful action in reflection on James 1:19-27.
Do you believe that God is good? Does your life reflect that belief? Pastor Cory shares some insights and encouragements from James 1:5-18 on how to practice a life of faith in the midst of trying times.
How should we react in times of great stress and trial? Listen in as Pastor Cory expounds on wisdom from the opening lines of the book of James.
James 1:1-4 (NIV)
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
What does it mean that the Church is the Bride of Christ?
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
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