James 3:16-4:6 I hope you have been reading the letter of James this week. As I said, he does not pull his punches. The section we heard today concerns the wisdom of God verses the wisdom of the world. The first part of chapter 3 concerns the way we talk to God and to each other. James says the tongue is a fire, and can set fires wherever it goes!
James 2:1-5, 8-10, 14-18 “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” Last Sunday we started reading the letter of St. James, and today we read from the second chapter. One thing you can say for sure, James does not pull any punches. He tells it like it is. In the first section, verses 1-5, James wrote to warn the
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:17-27 Today, we will begin the study of the letter of St. James, which we will hear from for the next three Sundays, as we have today. This letter is attributed to James the Just, whom we hear from in
Ephesians 6:10-20 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. This Sunday concludes our journey through the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians. To recap a bit about the letter, it is widely believed that St. Paul wrote this letter in his final years
Ephesians 5:21-33 “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.” In the last few weeks we have been studying St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, and how St. Paul has been laying out for us God’s intentions for the Church. What is the Church? The Church is the Body of Christ. What are the four marks or characteristics of the Church? It is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to
In my sermon series on the letter to the Ephesians, we are at the end of chapter 4. Paul is giving more of his guidance for living this new life in Christ he has been telling us about. Paul starts out by saying, “Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” In other words, “Do not lie to
“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” St. Paul continues his letter to the Ephesians today with an exhortation to holiness. What have we learned about our
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4,5 In our lesson from the the letter to the Ephesians today we heard more about the unity of the church. Paul is making the point that
“So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself