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Standing At The Door (2 of 2)
March 16, 2003
Thank you so much. This morning we want to continue the message from last week entitled, "Standing At the Door" from James chapter 5. If you notice inside your bulletin there is an outline continuing the message from last week. Last week point number one - a truth for our edification, a test for our examination. You remember that test. The test was - are you inwardly focused on your purpose? How is your heart? Remember we talked about the fact that the Judge is standing at the door. We talked about - is your focus upon the purpose that God has called you to. We talked about that test of your heart, the test that God has placed upon you, the test of whether or not your spirit was sweet, the test of grumbling one toward another. Now today we're looking at a time for stimulation. We are to be stimulated to patience. Today we look at that point, number three. In light of the fact that Jesus is standing at the door I want us to read again the passage you find in James 5:7. "Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord." You see it there? "See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it received the early and 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 seen the end intended by the Lord - the Lord is very compassionate and merciful." Now look down on your outline, on the second page and notice the scripture under letter C. "Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error ...
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