Tag Archives: James

5-11-16 “Pastor’s Blast” – The Wolf at the Door

This Sunday, Rev. Ken Gruebel will bless us with his presence in our pulpit! He’ll bring us a message from the gospel of Luke entitled, “The Wolf at the Door!” Ken is a GPC family favorite and always has an entertaining and thought provoking message to share. Continue reading

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2-10-16 “Pastor’s Blast” When it Helps to be Angry

Relationship are difficult! Even on Valentine’s day. Whether with our spouse, our children, our neighbors, our co-workers, or a variety of others, we seem to run into trouble more often than we avoid it. The problem is that problems happen in relationships! And few of us are well equipped to deal with them.
Well, in my usual “crazy California dude” way, I decided to look at relationship problems from a different perspective: Why cant the problems we face in relationships be turned into helpful things? I believe I’ve found direction, right from the mouth of Jesus, on how to use things that usually cause problems in relationships as helpful tools.
On Sunday, we’ll look at Matthew 5:21-22 (a passage right out of the Sermon on the Mount) and other Old and New Testament passages (Proverbs 29:11, James 1:19-20, and Ephesians 4:26) to find out how ANGER can be helpful for ALL your relationships. (I see that look on your face, but it works – really!)
Don’t believe me? Well, I dare you to join us this Sunday for a message that will give you a very different perspective on how God can help us to use Anger as a positive force in our relationships – all of them! I also encourage you to invite that friend or neighbor you’ve been thinking about. Continue reading

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10-21-15 “Pastor’s Blast” – Living Patiently in an Instant World

In this passage, James focuses on things in life that cause us to be impatient or force us to be patient. Then, in his inimitable fashion, James gives us helpful ways to live patiently, even when circumstances make that very difficult.
On Sunday, we’ll take an in-depth look at WHEN it is important to be patient, and HOW to live more patiently when we find ourselves in those situations. We’ll also take a “long view” of what God is doing while we struggle to be patient.
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10-14-15 “Pastor’s Blast” – Wise Living in a Tense World

This Sunday we continue with the seventh message in our series “Faith That WORKS!” and we’ll focus on James 3:17-4:12 and reflect on Proverbs 13:5-10.
In this passage, James focuses on the pitfalls of foolish living and the benefits of wise living. He exposes the causes of conflict, the reasons our prayers go unanswered, and why we often feel like God is so far away. In short, he exposes the roots of tension in our lives and in our world. Other than that, there’s not much here . . .
On Sunday, we’ll take an in-depth look at the roots of tension and uncover James’ advice for overcoming these pitfalls with three simple characteristics for wise living. So if you’ve already got it all figured out and have no tension in your life, don’t bother coming this Sunday . . .
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10-7-15 “Pastor’s Blast” – Drive Thru Communication

This Sunday we continue with the sixth message in our series “Faith That WORKS!” We’re going back to the first chapter to focus on just two verses: James 1:19-20. This passage, though short, is packed with wisdom. We’ll also reflect on the wisdom found in Proverbs 10:1-10 to get an Old Testament perspective as well.
We’re going to delve deeply into this short snippet of scripture and we’ll use it to help us learn to better communicate with our loved ones. Oh, and we’ll also use an experience from the “Drive-Thru” at McDonalds.
Confused? Intrigued? Flabbergasted? You might be surprised by the simplicity and effectiveness of the “drive-thru communication” system. If you don’t come Sunday, you won’t know!

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9-30-15 “Pastor’s Blast” – A Haven for Hypocrites?

I saw a great church sign that said,
“The church is not full of hypocrites . . . There’s always room for you!”
This Sunday we continue with the fifth message in our series “Faith That WORKS!” from James 2:14-26. This passage has caused a theological ‘food fight’ down through the ages. First because it seems to contradict the Apostle Paul’s theology of salvation ( that we are saved by grace through faith), and second because it essentially accuses Christians of hypocrisy.
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9-23-15 “Pastor’s Blast” – Breaking the ‘ISM’ Cycle

This Sunday we continue with the fourth message in our series “Faith That WORKS!” and take a close look at James 1:27-2:13. This passage contains what some scholars call “The Parable of the Nearsighted Usher” and is a scathing indictment of how churches inappropriately react to different types of people. James puts some Biblical Spectacles on us! Continue reading

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9-16-15 “Pastor’s Blast” – Overcoming Temptation

We’ll look carefully at the origins of temptation in our lives and the mechanism it uses to infect us. Then we’ll focus on James prescription for the problem. We’ll also discover that though we are all susceptible we do not have to succumb. Continue reading

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9-9-15 “Pastor’s Blast!” – Knowing What God Wants You to Do

There are libraries full of books written about “Knowing God’s Will” but we don’t need to read all those tomes to figure it out. Once again, James in his simple, practical way, uses just a few words to clarify the issue.
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9-2-15 “Pastor’s Blast” – Handling Pressure Gracefully

This Sunday We begin our series “Faith That Works!” In this eight week exploration of the book of James, we’ll discover that the Bible actually is relevant and that faith does indeed work for our everyday lives.
First, we look at James 1:1-6, and find clear and concise direction for “Handling Pressure Gracefully”. I don’t know about you, but I often fall short in this area and James provides help for Christians both new and ‘more seasoned’. Continue reading

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