Growing Your Most Important Relationship (16 of 23) by Chuck McAlister

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Growing Your Most Important Relationship (16 of 23)
Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
James 4: 4-10

INTRO:

(A) SERIES .... A FAITH THAT WORKS !
1- James .... the 1st Book written in the New Testament ....The Manual on Maturity.
2- It is all about how to grow up as a Christian.
3- James shows us The Marks of Christian Maturity --
a- Chapter 1 .... The 1st Mark is: Your Perseverance!
b- Chapter 2 .... The 2nd Mark is: Your Practice!
c- Chapter 3 .... The 3rd Mark is: Your Power !
d- Chapter 4 .... The 4th Mark is: Your Peace!
.... James has shown us that our peace is disrupted by conflict .... That ultimately all conflict comes from someone's conflict with the Lord!
* Today .... James shows us how to enhance the peace in our lives .... by giving attention to the most important relationship we can have -- Our Relationship with The Lord!
* The peace in your life is in direct proportion to the closeness of your relationship with the Lord.
-- In fact .... The only way a believer can truly mature is to grow closer to our Lord Jesus -- That is what maturing, growing up as a Christian, is all about!


-- SF Feb86 SELF-SACRIFICE Once upon a time there was a loyal servant of a great lord. The lord's castle overlooked a stormy channel, separating his domain from the homeland of a lovely lady. The servant, in charge of the lord's archives, had come across an ancient parchment proving that the servant, not the lord, was the true and lawful heir to the domain. The servant secretly loved the beautiful lady. He had come to know her when he accompanied the lord on visits to her. When he found the wonderful parchment, he decided that at an opportune time he would not only claim his lawful heritage, but would also ask the lady's hand in marriage. For now he would be of her rank, and she would not disdain him. One evening her heard that the lady was on her way across the channel to visit ...


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