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False Pictures:  Dealing With Life’s Pressure
May 13, 2018

False Pictures: Dealing With Life’s Pressure

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: False Pictures

We begin a new sermon series this week on the Epistle of James, entitled, “False Pictures.”  The Apostle James was writing to the Christians that were scattered throughout the Roman Empire.  He was writing to them to help them find the “true pictures” of faith amid all the false pictures of the pagan worship of the first century.  The Roman culture was a very religious culture, not only did they have the classic Roman gods, but they also had adopted many of the Greek gods.  Faith in Jesus Christ was the compelling truth that enable Christianity to transform the Roman culture.  It is still the truth that can transform our lives and our world!   Despite the centuries that have passed since James wrote his letter to these Christians, we still have many of these “false pictures” that lead us away from the truth. The first sermon is, “Dealing with Life’s Pressure.”  Some of these Christians thought that faith in Christ was an escape from the pressure of life, and they blamed God for their problems.  In James 1:15-25, he wants them to capture a new vision of what God could do to help with them with the pressure of their lives.   As you read these words allow them to speak to you as you encounter the stress of your life.  James 1:15-25: Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood and becomes a real killer. So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.  Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.  God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.  But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. (MSG)

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