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James – The Lightning Bolt
Mark 3:17; 10:35-45; Luke 9:51-56
INTRO: If there is one thing that can keep a Christian from being a productive saint it is the beast we call a "TEMPER." A quick temper has ruined more saints than many other sins, hence the many warnings in the Bible about the wrong use of "anger" such as "fighting" or "murmuring against one another" – or "disputing." Anger that expresses itself in ungodly ways only creates more pain for those who unleash it as well as for those who are its object!
ILLUS: A MAN BY THE NAME OF RALPH MILTON HAD A TEMPER PROBLEM. ONE MORNING RALPH WAS AWAKENED AROUND 5 A.M. TO A CONSTANT SOUND LIKE A MACHINE GUN ON HIS ROOF. IT WAS SO LOUD THAT HE COULDN'T FALL BACK ASLEEP. THE LONGER HE LAID THERE THE ANGRIER HE GOT, FINALLY HE GOT UP AND WALKED OUTSIDE TO SEE WHAT WAS MAKING THIS CRAZY RACKET ON THE ROOF OF HIS HOUSE. HE DISCOVERED A WOODPECKER ON HIS T.V. ANTENNA POUNDING ITS LITTLE BRAIN OUT TRYING TO POKE A HOLE IN THE METAL ANTENNA. HE WAS SO MAD AT THE STUPID BIRD THAT HE PICKED UP A ROCK AND THREW IT AT THE BIRD, IT SAILED HIGH, BUT MISSED THE BIRD. TRAVELING OVER HIS HOUSE THE STONE CAME DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE WITH A CRASHING SOUND OF GLASS SHATTERING! HE HAD HIT HIS CAR'S WINDSHIELD AND BROKE IT! NOW ANGRY AT THE BIRD WHO CONTINUED TO PECK AWAY ON THE ATTENNA, AND NOW WITH A BROKEN WINDSHIELD, HE TOOK AND KICKED IN ANGER A NEARBY CLOD OF DIRT – ONLY TO REMEMBER TOO LATE THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY SHOES OR SOCKS ON! THE PAIN SIGNALS RUNNING UP FROM HIS INJURED FOOT REMINDED HIM OF THE HIGH RPICE OF A QUICK TEMPER, AS DID THE PRICETAG ON THE NEW WINDSIIIELD! – SOURCE UNKNOWN
James was the "lightning bolt" of the group! However, his quick temper and sense of superiority was tamed by God's Spirit, and the James who learned to be controlled by the Spirit of God instead of his own quick temper became one of the great leaders in the early Churc ...
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