On June 27th, our resident story teller, Charlie Schnabel, moved to the pulpit and extended the “3 Minutes to Live By” to the morning message. As always, his take on Bible truths, is fresh and practical. Charlie brought his thoughts together on the book of James because his letter touches on just about everything we do. He noted that the focus of each chapter in the book of James, with its five chapters, can be remembered by using an acronym of his name.
J – Joy: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”
A – FAith (ok, so it’s stretched a little): “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works;’ show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
M – Mouth: “Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! “
E – Evil: “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Dont they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you dont have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you cant get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.”
S – Sick : “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”
You can listen to Charlies message on the Local Ministry page of our website. Click on June 27, 2010 under “Listen to Worship” on the left side bar.