by Steve Wagers

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A Worship Room Turned into a War Room! (13 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
James 4:1-4
July 3, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. The Trouble that James Saw!
A. The Conflict He Discovered!
B. The Cause that He Defined!
2. The Tragedy that James Showed!
A. Prayer that Doesn't Arrive to God!
B. Prayer that Isn't Answered by God!
3. The Truth that James Shared!
A. An Affiliation that God Criticizes!
B. An Association that God Condemns!

* In his book, "The Study of War," professor Quincy Thomas examines a period of time from 1481 to 1981, and documented that during this time, nations were engaged in the following number of wars.

Great Britain: 78
France: 71
Spain: 64
Russia: 61
Austria: 52
Germany: 23
United States: 13
China: 11
Japan: 9

* He also showed that in a total of 3530 years of recorded civilization, only 286 years have been spent without war somewhere on the globe. Yet, during that same period of time, 8000 peace treaties have been signed. He refers to peace-time as "the brief, glorious moment, in history, when everybody stands around reloading."

* To begin chapter 4, James speaks about the trouble that he saw in the church. A place that should have been known for its fellowship was known for its fussing, feuding and fighting. The worship room has been turned into a war room.

* In Charles Colson's book, "The Body," there is a chapter entitled, "Extending the Right Fist of Fellowship." It tells the story of an event that took place in the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts, when a church conflict actually broke out in a fistfight at the altar of the church.

* It was the right hook that got him. Pastor Waite might have stood in front of the communion table trading punches with head deacon Ray Bryan all morning, had not Ray's fist caught the pastor on the chin 2 minutes and 15 seconds into the fight. Pastor Waite went down for the count at the altar where most m ...

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