The Sad Case Of The Boastful Businessman
Take your bibles now please and turn to the book of James. We're continuing our sermon series through the book of James. We come now to James chapter four and verse thirteen." And I trust that bibles and follow along. I dare say that you'll get at least fifty percent more from any message if you will use your bibles James 5:15. We're thinking to day on the SAD CASE OF THE BOASTFUL BUSINESSMAN. A while back we talked about the sad case of the short sighted usher. And tonight we're going to talk about the sad case of the fraudulent farmer. But today, the boastful business man. Go to now ye that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and continue there a year and buy and sell, and get gain. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little while and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings, all such rejoicing is evil, therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." The man who says there's no God is a fool, but he may not be the biggest fool. There may be even yet a bigger fool than the man who says there is not God. Who could that be, Pastor? It is the man who says there is a God and then doesn't live like it. That's what James is talking about here. James is addressing himself to people who claim to believe in God. But as you look at their lives you would never know that they believe in God for they live for self and self alone as though Jesus had never lived, as though Jesus had never died. James tells us the story of a first century wheeler-dealer. Here was a man who was a very shrewd businessman. Here was a man who made some very astute plans. He knew exactly where he was going. And he knew how to get there, at least he thought so. But, he was in the eyes of God a successful failure and he has many ...
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