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Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Series .... A FAITH THAT WORKS !
1- James ... The 1st Book written in the New Testament...The Manual on Maturity.
2- It is all about how to grow up as a Christian.
3- James shows us THE MARKS OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY:
a- Chapter 1 ....The 1st Mark is: Your Perseverance
b- Chapter 2 .... The 2nd Mark is: Your Practice
c- Chapter 3 .... The 3rd Mark is: Your Power
d- Chapter 4 .... The 4th Mark is: Your Peace
e- Chapter 5 .... The 5th Mark is: Your Purpose
.... James teaches in this 5th Chapter that the purpose of a mature believer will best be demonstrated by patience through prayer.
.... James begins addressing the purpose of a mature believer by addressing the greatest challenge your purpose will face .... your possessions.
-- Near Lincoln, KS ... field ... strange group of tombstones
-- Erected by John Davis ... self-made man ... started out -- hired hand ... determination -- amassed a fortune.
-- Made no friends ... not close to wife's family (they thought she married below her dignity).
-- Davis vowed never to leave his family one thin dime.
-- Wife died ... elaborate statue in her memory.
(a) Statue -- both her and him at opposite ends of a love seat.
-- so pleased, commissioned another.
(b) This statue -- Him, kneeling at her grave ... placing wreath.
(c) Another statue -- Her (with wings) kneeling at his future grave placing a wreath.
(d) On and on .... until he spent over 1/4 of a million dollars on monuments to himself and his wife.
-- People in community asked him to be involved in a community project (hospital, park, swimming pool for kids) .... his bitter response "What's this town ever done for me? I don't owe this town nothin'!"
-- At age 92, John Davis died in the poor house ... having spent his entire fortune on a field of monuments.
-- Those monuments ...
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