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Welcoming the Word (4 of 14)
Series: Christianity in Shoeleather
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 12, 2007
Now as you're turning to James 1 .. I want to thank the Sunday School departments that helped the last two Saturdays with the block parties. We had the opportunity to touch the lives of hundreds of adults and children with the gospel. I appreciate all your help in making it possible and for the leadership of Peter Cunningham, our Minister of Missions.
When our High School Minister position opened up .. God began to stir the hearts of Peter and Teresa Cunningham. Peter came to Tom Jones, our Minister of Education and began to explain how God had created a desire their hearts as a couple to possibly serve as our High School Minister.
So Peter and I visited and prayed together. And in time .. we became convinced that Peter Cunningham is God's man to lead our High School Ministry. Tonight after worship .. he'll be visiting with parents and students about the vision he has for student ministry. I hope you'll plan to be back tonight.
I hope by now that you have found James 1. James knew that not everybody who grows old, grows up! And wanting every saint to maximize their life for Christ ... James writes to strengthen and encourage those scattered saints.
He starts out by explaining how God wants to use the trials and troubles of life to produce in their lives staying power. God teaches us things through trials and trouble that we could learn no other way.
He then sets the record straight about temptation .. how we need to look past the bait and look for the hook! And then beginning in verse 18 .. he helps us learn how to Welcome the Word of God into our lives for it's the Word God uses to save us. It's the Word God uses to strengthen us. It's the Word God uses to satisfy us. It's the Word God uses to sanctify us and how we need to get into the Word so that the Word can get into us.
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