29
Nov
2010

John 4.26-42 Jesus Connects Doing Gods Will With Spiritual Fulfillment

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In these verses we will see the Samaritan Woman get saved as she learns that Jesus is the Messiah. The perplexing disciples who after hearing Jesus proclaim to the Woman that He is the Messiah for the first time that we know of, all they can think about is food. Jesus response to their wanting to eat and how He connects doing God’s will with Spiritual fulfillment and how to get it. Jesus will also let them know that we don’t always get to be the one who leads someone to Christ, but we all participate and sometimes we get to enjoy the fruit of someone else’s labor. John will end this section with MANY Samaritans coming to Christ, not because of the signs and wonders many want, but because of the Word of the woman and especially the Word of Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 16:4 "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed.

24
Nov
2010

James 1.1-12 Count It All Joy Part 2

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James 1.1-12 Count It All Joy Part 2 James 1:1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

In these last verses of Part 2 we will see the following things. V5 Count on God in your Trials, V9-11 Consider the Way You React to Trials, V12 Consider the Rewards of your Trials. God wants us to know that trials are a part of life and when we go through them there are steps to take to successfully come out on the other side of them as a victor and to also become a better person through them. Plus the more we go through, the more we find that God is a trustworthy God and how much He really loves us.

15
Nov
2010

James 1.1-12 Count It All Joy Part 1

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James was the half brother of Jesus, he was known as James the Just. He wrote this book to the Jews and is a practical book that addresses many hard issues. James says that faith is not passive, but evidenced by a life of action, in other words faith changes the way a person lives. This book is about integrity in our life and how to achieve it. In this first section he shows us that God is using trials in our life to shape us and mold us. As one man said trials either make you better or bitter, it is our choice of how we react to trials. Do we want to be the person God wants us to be or do we just get mad when trials happen?