Tongue Control

James 3:1-12 (New Living Translation) Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. 3 We can make a large…

Faith with Feet

Scripture… James 2:14-17 (NLT)  What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm…

Dissecting Discipleship

Scripture… James 1:22-25 New Living Translation “22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what…

This is No Time for Wimps!

Text… Daniel 6:1-11 (NRSV) It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps, stationed throughout the whole kingdom, and over them three presidents, including Daniel; to these the satraps gave account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Soon Daniel distinguished himself above all the other presidents and satraps because an excellent spirit…

Special Delivery

Scripture Daniel 5:23-30 (NRSV) You have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven! The vessels of his temple have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them. You have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone,…

Didn’t You Learn Anything?

Scripture Daniel 5:22 (NRSV) And you, Belshazzar his son, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this! Subject Didn’t You Learn Anything? Series I Dare You! When what you believe affects how you behave Introduction: There’s grave danger, in disregarding God’s stop signs. Transition: Nebuchadnezzar’s heirs didn’t learn the lesson of humility that…

Turning Pride into Praise

Turning Pride into Praise Part 2 of 5: I Dare You! When what you believe affects how you behave Daniel 4:37 (New Revised Standard Version)  Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are truth, and his ways are justice; and he is able to bring low those…

Standing Up in a Bow Down World

Standing Up in A Bow Down World Part 1 of 5: I Dare You! When what you believe affects how you behave Daniel 3:8-12 (New Living Translation) But some of the astrologers went to the king and informed on the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “Long live the king! 10 You issued a decree requiring all the people to…

Joy for Your Journey. Summer in the Psalms

 Scripture Lesson Psalm 30 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. 3 O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. 4 Sing praises to the Lord, O…

The Majestic Voice. Summer in the Psalms

Scripture Lesson Psalm 29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. 3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes…