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False Pictures: The Best Path
June 10, 2018

False Pictures: The Best Path

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: False Pictures

False pictures are very powerful in our lives and society.  They lead us to a destructive place in our relationships with each other and with God.  This week we continue our search for God’s true pictures for our lives, and overcome the lying stories that have influenced our behavior.  The sermon, “The Best Path” comes from James 5:9-16.  These Christians were struggling to find the “best path” for their lives.  We are no different than these early believers.  Even with the power of technology, the information available to us we live in confusion and uncertainty.  God wants us to know the truth because it can set us free to live with confidence and clarity.  As you read James 5:9-16, ask the Holy Spirit for help to discern, to decide and to dedicate yourself to the best path for your life!  James 5:9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear– not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV)

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