Monthly Archives: December 2019

10AM 12/29/19 – “Vanishing Riches” – James 5

There   is a growing wickedness in the land:          The growing worldliness among professing Christians. They are indulging in extravagance in many ways; in luxurious habits, dress, feastings, and wasting the substance of which they are to be good stewards. When a man is giving liberally to the cause of God,        I count it foolish to inhibit his spending liberally in other ways, for people usually spend by scale.  It would be absurd to hold up a wretched miser, who gives nothing either to God or man, as an example to a liberal spender; but there is too much of extravagance around, which wastes the Master’s money in worldly pleasures, and amusements. Some ministers of Christ, have in these days even defended amusements which most have abandoned. We must be careful, wise, and very clear in our dealings with this growing evil, or we shall lose all spirituality in the churches.  Spurgeon 1850:

10 AM 12/22/19 “Holy Spirit or Human Spirit” James 4

“Christmas will come and go again this year as it has through the centuries and, after a brief moment of kindness, those who belong to the cold, hard world will go on killing and hating each other. Things are no better, they say. The whole thing is a childish myth.
      We know what they think, and the facts seem to support their ideas. But the end is not yet, and the world has not seen the last of the Christ Child. There are still fallen hearts with spiritual desires that stir them to praise the Christmas story.  Thousands of people each year find their desire for salvation and holiness becoming impossible to ignore, and they turn to the One who was born in a manger to die on a cross for the sins of the world. Then the beauty that is Christmas enters their hearts to dwell there forever. For who is it that imparts such beauty to the Christmas story? It is our great God and Loving Savior, Jesus, Christ!   

10AM -12/15/19- “Be Careful Little Tongue” James 3

“OH the destructive power of the tongue once it is set on fire by hell! The tongue has the power to destroy people. How many people have had their reputations destroyed or their lives made miserable because of someone’s tongue? And many times, what is being said isn’t true.         We need to realize the power of life and death is in the tongue. We can use our tongues to build up or to destroy. May God help us use our tongues in constructive ways; to encourage, to teach, to strengthen, to comfort, and to give hope!”  Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013

10AM 12/8/19 “Faith or Favoritism” James 2

“I have been set free in Christ Jesus. I’m free from the Law of Moses. The Law could not, and did not save me. I was saved by faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus is the end of the law of works to all who believe. Our faith in Jesus brings us under a new law, the law of liberty.  Under the law of liberty, I act upon things not to be saved, but because I am saved. This new law is a result of God putting His desires on my heart, and I delight in the things I do for Christ. This is the law of liberty. Yes, I do good works, but I don’t expect my works to save me.         I look to Christ alone for my salvation. Because I am born again by the Holy Spirit of God, my life has been changed”.  Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013