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To Judge or Not to Judge (17 of 23)
Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(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 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!
.... That is why you must give the most attention to growing your relationship with the Lord .... your most important relationship.
.... James shows us how to enhance the peace in our lives by giving attention to our 2nd most important relationship .... our relationship with God's family!
(B) I have a pet peeve .... My pet peeve -- petty people!
-- Petty people are ugly people. They are people who have lost their vision. They are people who have turned their eyes away from what matters and focused, instead, on what doesn't matter. The result is that the rest of us are immobilized by their obsession with the insignificant. It is time to rid the church of pettiness. It is time the church refused to be victimized by petty people. It is time the church stopped ignoring pettiness. It is time the church quit pretending that pettiness doesn't matter .... Pettiness has become a serious disease in the Church of Jesus Christ -- a disease which continues to result in terminal cases of discord, disruption, and destruction. Petty people are dangerous people because they appear to be only a nuisance instead of what they really are -- a health hazard.
The Wittenburg Door, December 1984.
1- Pettiness causes people to turn on e ...
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