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Faith in Motion

When we hear the word “faith” it often brings to mind images of stained glass, church services, and devout religious figures. However, Scripture describes authentic faith as something that is practical, tangible, and down-to-earth. Real faith cannot be limited to an hour on weekends or kept inside a church building it is always in motion. In this series, we will explore the book of James, which reminds us that “faith without works is dead.”

When Life Gets Tough

May 18, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 12

Because trouble will come, and it will threaten to derail our faith in God, we must learn to see difficulty from God’s perspective; accept trials as part of God’s process in shaping our character and perfecting our faith.

When Temptation Comes

May 25, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 2 of 12

Because we can easily be “enticed” and “deceived” and end up somewhere that we never thought we would be, we need to pay close attention to our lives, hearts and desires. Recognize that none of us "fall" into sin, rather, we drift there.

Because It's the Only Way to Grow

June 1, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 3 of 12

We can be deceived into thinking that we’re growing just because we’re learning, but there is a marked difference between being "doers" of the Word and just "hearers" of the Word.

When I Want to Play Favorites

June 8, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 4 of 12

Because there is something in me and something in you that quickly categorizes other people and draws conclusions about them. Such behavior is completely out of sync with the message of the Gospel. We ought to accept others in the same way that we have been accepted by God.

Dead or Alive?

June 16, 2013 by Paul McGuinness Message 5 of 12

True faith – the kind Jesus calls us to possess – isn’t simply emotional or intellectual; it’s active. The kind of faith that will change our lives is a faith that is in motion. Faith that’s stagnant is useless.

That's Powerful!

June 23, 2013 by Paul McGuinness Message 6 of 12

We have the power to do so much harm or so much good simply with our words. As followers of Jesus, our words ought to do less harm and more good to those around us.

When Conflict Arises

June 30, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 7 of 12

One of the deepest hurts in life is the hurt of unresolved conflict – especially with family members (whether our biological family or our church family). It takes great wisdom to navigate relational differences. We must approach conflicted relationships with a commitment to bring peace – even if there can’t be full agreement.

At the Center of the YOUniverse

July 7, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 8 of 12

When we move through life as a “taker” rather than a “giver,” we will always be frustrated. James encourages us to find joy and fulfillment in God Himself, and lower our expectations for this world to meet our every need. When we blame others for our unhappiness, we give them control over our lives. As long as we see ourselves as victims, we will never find joy.

On Borrowed Time

July 14, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 9 of 12

We tend to live like we have all the time in the world, when the truth is that we don’t even know what tomorrow holds. We must recognize that Jesus calls us to live with a sense of God-focused urgency and make the best use of our time.

Money in Motion

July 21, 2013 by Paul McGuinness Message 10 of 12

It’s easy to overlook and ignore the oppressed. Jesus came to rescue not only those who were being oppressed, but also the oppressors. In light of His example we ought to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

When You Want to Give Up

July 28, 2013 by Mark Stuenzi Message 11 of 12

We all get weary and are tempted to give up on God when life doesn’t seem “fair.” But, we must keep our eyes on Jesus who patiently persevered for us, as we find the power to persevere in the cross.

Prayer in Motion

August 4, 2013 by Mark Fitch Message 12 of 12

Many Christians do no pray because, ultimately, they do not believe it makes any difference. Or, when they pray, they see it is religious exercise, but they do not really believe it will have any effect. James reminds us that we have access the divine power that is available to us through prayer.

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