Message Monday 8/24/15 – James: Salvation Formula?

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

What if salvation is about humans being rescued by their loving Creator from their self-destruction and entering into communion, fellowship, intimacy, even union with the divine, with him, the God of the universe, rather than about humans inventing and performing the legal requirements of a salvation contract with God?

What if eternal life is about a new kind of quality, purposeful life that begins now, knowing, loving and enjoying friendship with God and partnering with him to do his work and not about just waiting for heaven someday and hoping we’ve been good enough to get in?  (more…)

Message Monday 8/10/15 – James: Favor Not Favoritism – Mercy Not Judgement

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

James makes a connection between a couple of virtuous character traits that I don’t think we commonly make.  He also points out that these two important character traits are linked to the 2nd greatest commandment, which James calls The Royal Law, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  The more I’ve thought about these two character issues, as well as my own experience when I lacked them myself and desperately needed them from others, the more I see where James is coming from.  (more…)

Message Monday 08/03/15 – James: Tried & True

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

It’s safe to assume God is always up to something. He always has your best interest in mind, even in the worst of times.  He is constantly at work to accomplish something good in you—if you let him.  The wisdom he wants to give you will help you understand what He is trying to do in you through your trials. This is definitely the theme of James chapter one, and also what Paul seems to saying in Philippians 2:13, “…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”  Now that’s not only a powerful promise, it gives an open window through which to view what God is up to.  He’s involved in our lives, and according to James, God wants to give us the wisdom to recognize that very thing about him—he’s at work in us in every circumstance, good or bad, to make us into mature, complete people. Now the question for all of us is, will we let him do his thing—that thing he wants to do in us?  And will we ask him for the wisdom to recognize what that thing is?