High Noon! (11 of 14) by Rick White

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High Noon! (11 of 14)
Series: Real World Faith for Real World People
Rick White
James 5:7-12
09-26-93

Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but let your yes be yes, and your no, no; so that you may not fall under judgment. James 5:7-12

Introduction: One of my all time favorite stories takes place in the parking lot of a shopping mall. A little old lady was driving around and up and down each aisle until she found a vacant place. Just as she was about to pull forward into the vacant space, a bright red sports car whipped in in front of her. The driver got out very jubilant and cocky. As he went by he said to the old lady, "That's what you do when you're young and fast. As he walked away he heard a tremendous crash behind him. As he turned around he saw the little old lady line up her tank size car for the final kill. She hit his red sportier once again. As he came running up in disbelief, she lowered the window in her car and said, "That's what you do when you're old and rich".

One of the strongest emotions we ever face in life is the desire to get even after we have been hurt. We may call it anger, retaliation, or revenge. Whatever you call it, all of us have experienced it. Most of us have seen the old w ...


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