Standing At The Door (1 of 2) by Stan Coffey

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Standing At The Door (1 of 2)
Stan Coffey
James 5:7-12
March 9, 2003

If you have your bulletin you'll notice there's an outline of the message. The title of the message today is "Standing at the Door." You may want to take your Bible and open to the passage in James 5:7. I think much of the scripture is printed there on your outline in your bulletin. As we look forward to Saturday, March 29th and the coming of Dr. LaHaye, author of the Left Behind series, as he comes to conduct a Left Behind conference, a conference on Bible prophecy with two other speakers as well. We're excited to hear that last week in Orlando Florida in a Left Behind conference 70 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. So many of you will be involved with counseling during decision time, ministering to people who will be here for this conference.

Many will come to know the Lord. What a great opportunity to bring our lost friends to hear such a gifted man that God has used in such a tremendous way to make people aware of this great truth in the word of God. Beginning in verse 7 James said, "Therefore be patient, brethren, unto the coming of our Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until he receives the early and the latter rain. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door. My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and have seen the end intended by the Lord - that the Lord is very compassionate and 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," lest you fall into judgment."

Now today as we think about some conditions that we face in our world we know there are many challenging issues we could talk about this morning. We could talk about where we are as a nation, on the precipice of war with Iraq. Or, the pressure that we also face from a super power who has become a super power in the nuclear field - North Korea, and the threat that we have from North Korea. We could talk about the condition of the economy and the fact that many people are without work in our country. Many people's lives have been disrupted because of economic conditions. But you know the Bible says that believers are going to face some difficult times as we move toward the end of the age and the coming of Jesus Christ. There's no doubt about it when you read the context of scripture whether it's Paul talking or John, James, or even Jesus. He warns us that the last days are perilous
times.

You and I may not face exactly the same issues they face because when James wrote these words believers were facing the ...


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