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20
Jun
17

We Smell Like Swine

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 15:11-32, the parable of the Prodigal Son.

19
Jun
17

The Best Policy

When it comes to honesty and integrity, James says that we need to be people who can be trusted. We shouldn’t have to “swear on a stack of Bibles ten feet high” in order to get people to believe us. He writes:

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. – James 5:12 (NIV)

Jesus said that He is the way, the TRUTH and the life (John 14:6). As His followers, we need to follow His example and be people of the TRUTH. We should be honest in our dealings with people. We must be people of integrity and character because we wear the name of Christ. We who call ourselves CHRISTians literally are known by the name of Christ. If people cannot trust us and if they won’t believe us, then we are bringing dishonor to His name. This simply won’t do. We’ve got to be honest in our dealings with those around us. A wise person once said something to the effect of always tell the truth and you’ll never need to remember anything. Keep your promises and be true to your word today.
16
Jun
17

The Search

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 15:1-10.

16
Jun
17

The Lord’s Help In Suffering

James, when talking about perseverance and patience in the face of suffering, gives two examples from the Old Testament. He writes:

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. – James 5:10-11 (NIV)

It is important to realize that we are not alone when we suffer. The prophets suffered persecution from their own people, but God was with them and strengthened them. Job suffered at the hands of the devil. God was quiet at the time of his suffering, but He rewarded Job’s patient perseverance. Suffering is hard. We don’t like to suffer. But James says that God is compassionate and merciful. He will not abandon you, even if it doesn’t feel like He is near. Don’t give up on Him for He is closer than you think and working in ways that you cannot see. Also, He will reward your patient perseverance. It may not be immediate, but there is a reward coming for your perseverance. Hold on to His promises today.
09
Jun
17

Complaining About Our Spiritual Siblings

As we wait for the Lord to return, we have been given a church family. We have brothers and sisters in the Lord who are there to grow in faith alongside us and to help us grow in our faith as well. Like any family, though, there can be sibling rivalry that we must work through and overcome. James writes:

Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! – James 5:9 (NIV)

When we grumble and complain about our spiritual siblings, we are taking the place of the Judge. We will be judged by God for our sins and that includes judging and complaining about our brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead of grumbling and complaining about them, let us hold each other accountable in love. That way, we will all build each other up in faith instead of tearing one another down. None of us are qualified to take the Judge’s seat. The true Judge will judge us all, so let’s remain humble toward each other in love.
08
Jun
17

Patiently Waiting

No one enjoys suffering. The Christians of the first century suffered persecution at the hands of those who opposed the church. James told them:

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. – James 5:7-8 (NIV)

Just as a farmer must wait for the rain to water his crops, so too must Christians wait for Christ’s return. The farmer knows that the rains will come and we must know that Jesus will come back. It requires patient endurance. No matter what others may say about us or do to us, we have to remember that Christ will return and those who stand firm and remain faithful to the end will be rewarded. Jesus said that we should not be surprised if the world hates us. After all, they hated Him first. My encouragement to you today is to resolve yourself to remain faithful to Jesus no matter what. The world is getting scarier and scarier for followers of Jesus. Will you patiently stand firm until He returns?
07
Jun
17

Fattening Ourselves

When it comes to things like income inequality and issues of social justice such as clean water, God hears the cries of the oppressed and marginalized. This is what James says:

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.​ – James 5:4-6 (NIV)​

We who have been blessed are to be a blessing to others. That is why God blesses us. It is not for the rich to get richer. It is so that we can bless those who are poor, especially in the church. Rather than fattening ourselves, we need to be aware of the needs of those around us so that we can meet them. This is where faith meets action. God, who is so very generous, blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others through generosity.



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