It lies in prayer. (2) There are duties of external worship and service owing to God; and how shall we know when the omission of these becomes a sin to us? We look up to see them shine forth again in added grace and glory in the rainbow round about the Throne. Let this clause, "If the Lord will," be written across your life, and let us all set ourselves to the recognition of God in the future. the hope for humanity lies here. In the next place, it is sinful to neglect the common duties of life, under the idea that we shall do something more by and by. I would ask him to pause and consider his life in a more serious vein: "All such rejoicing is evil. The counting is done in another sphere, and no mortal ever overheard it. ...read more, Scripture: James, father of Judas the apostle Mark A. Copeland Sermons From James 3 The children of God use them frequently (1 Corinthians 4:19; 1 Corinthians 16:7; Romans 1:10; Philippians 2:19). II. Life is A TEAR — a scene of varied and multiplied trials. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. It ruins the past whatever it may have been. We cannot live without money. There they not only "war against' the regenerated nature (1 Peter 2:11), and against one another, but against one's neighbor, - clamouring for gratification at the expense of his rights and his welfare. We cannot e.g. VI. We’ve been looking at the letter of James, the brother of Jesus. He has his favorite hymns. It is nothing. It has vanished away. He drags out into the blaze of gospel light the one true origin of strife. We know, I believe, pretty well in this congregation. He has been giving me time, He has been giving me money, or He has been giving me leisure, and I have just been using these things for my own enjoyment and pleasure and profit, forgetting that I must use them as committed to me as a steward who shall have to give account to God. Just as a lightning flash at midnight reveals in a moment the Wooded height or rocky foreland which the murky darkness had concealed, so do the great crises of life unveil, as with the mystic touch of God, the basis of character, the things that have made it what it is. It is a great folly to build hopes on that which may never come. "If the Lord will." Sermon Illustrations for Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 (2012)-- Proverbs 31:10-31, James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:30-37-- Cynthia E. Cowen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem, Mark Ellingsen, Richard A. Hasler-- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B-- 2012 He who heard the observation walked away, and resolved never to deal with such a man again except upon cash principles, for he felt sure that a crash would come sooner or later. Act up to what you know, or so much the worse for you. and that as soon as ever a man's spirit has become sufficiently assimilated to its final state — be that state which it may — then the word is spoken — the thread is cut — the ripe saint and the ripe sinner are both cut down! If we receive Him into our hearts, He will engift us with a kingly power by emancipating us from selfish aims, and degrading fears, and petty motives, that make life such a mean and commonplace thing. Seeing the fact just as Job had thus seen it, James asks, "What is your life? Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have, So You Kill Sanctity of Life Sunday. V. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." It has grown into a proverb that we ought to expect the unexpected; for often the very thing happens which we thought would not happen. There is no question but when the authority of God and man contradict each other, God is to be obeyed rather than man. Seeing that these things are so, we should remember the brevity, the frailty, and the end of life. They bare never seen our first principle — that life itself is a gift, the outgoing of God's heart of love, and therefore a something to be used in His service and for His glory. "I am bound," you say, "to make a better use of my time. 1. Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss. It is whilst we regard the eternal meaning of life that all the discipline of this world develops greatness and purity of spirit (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18). (b) Men cannot without sin omit the doing those duties which their places do require from them. "Ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we," &c. Whenever men conceive their plans and toils and life too insignificant for the control of the Divine will, they limit the Holy One. Careful in laying;2. Rev. Our ideals are fair and lovely to look upon. IT IS YOUR SEASON OF GRACE — the period in which you may obtain forgiveness, together with a new heart and a heavenly hope. THEY PRACTICALLY PRIDE THEMSELVES ON THE VERY EVILS OF THEIR LIFE. Not working any particular and obvious mischief, only drifting before the wind in barren magnificence. Think of its security "hid with Christ in God" — hid with Christ's life; just as secure as Christ's life is; the perfections of Jehovah encircling it, and that continually. ...read more, Scripture:  (view less), Part 6 in a 14-part series of studies I call “The Christian Character” as described by Jesus to a crowd as he delivered what is more familiarly known as the “Sermon on the Mount.” This part examines the beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Then it is sinful to postpone purposes of service. It was so thin, so fine, so much like gossamer, that a breath of wind has scattered it, or peradventure the sun has drawn it aloft; at any rate, not a trace of that all-encompassing vapour remains. (2) "It is even a vapour, that appeareth." This is to misconceive the true relation. You do not have because you do not ask. Whether we know and feel it, or otherwise, we are dependent upon God. 3. There are two great certainties about things that shall come to pass — one is that God knows, and the other is that we do not know. When men meet on the ocean, they ask each other: "Whither bound?" We think we shall do most wonderful things. There is yet another sense I would give to this expression: there is a royal will which we would seek to fulfil. The highest purpose is to serve God and benefit our fellow-men. H. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Sermon. God is the central thought of all his providence.(Homilist. This is the question of prudence. Again, the brevity and uncertainty of human life is another strong reason why man should feel his dependence upon God. Fellow-believers belonging to the same congregation cease to be on speaking terms with one another, and perhaps indulge in mutual backbiting. Some words are acts, some thoughts, some feelings are also acts. Let us live in constant acknowledgment of God; let us, so far from accommodating ourselves to the fashion of a world which passeth away, identify ourselves with the will of God; let us thoroughly realise our sonship with God, our heirship of heaven; so shall we feel that we are being purified from every grossness, float we are being caught up to meet the Lord in the air, that we are becoming transfigured members in that ring of glory of which the Lord God and the Lamb are the eternal centre. So widely contrasted is the destiny of that self-determining vapour human life. Mardi Gras 3. Make nothing that can perish the foundation of your hope. Recognition of God with regard to the future is true wisdom. Perhaps we have not hitherto directly consulted the Lord about our worldly affairs. H. The rust that settles on inactivity — such, for instance, as the weakness of an unused limb or intellect or affection — is God's brand on indolence. The first thing that a man asks respecting a possession is: "How much is there of it?" The man who trusts in himself for success will only follow out the same temper of mind by taking the credit and the glory to himself in success. All things are present to Him; there is no past and no future to His all-seeing eyes. His sky is all sunshine: no cloud comes over its brightness. They had no thought of asking the Divine blessing, nor of entreating the help of the Most High. II. Matthew 5:1-7:27, Mark 7:5-8, Acts 13:6-12, Acts 13:1-2, Matthew 7:15-20, John 14:4-6, Matthew 7:13-14, Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 7:12, James 5:16, 2 Corinthians 12:1-8, Matthew 26:39, Isaiah 55:7-9, James 4:1-3, Mark 11:21-24, Matthew 7:7-11, Acts 18:24-26, Matthew 7:21-27 Do you long after God as an eternal portion? May this be your resolve, then. He was insulted; he would not endure it; he would go to another house. Take that question home to your soul, and see what answer is there. If man would consciously live, move, and have his being in God, he would be filled with a cheerful sense of security, firmness, and power, amidst the violent and rapid changes incident to this life, and the dark mystery that overhangs it.  (view more) And well he might, on the ground of the very truths which he here propounds. 1. Look deeper, and see that the same exposure that others braved with impunity only revealed latent disease, and suddenly brought a crisis that was sure speedily to come. J. Macleane, M. III. Another person said, "There are so many perils in that style of business, in that way I shall come to the end of my earthly life." Have you no ambition to grow and mature and excel in piety? Then do not let us fret about its troubles and discomforts. Stillingfleet. Every act of charity, every deed of grace, every observance of religious duty, the very emotions of religious faith or sentiment, all are turned into food for pride and the strength of a security most insecure.II. As to the former, we are under great obligations from God and nature and Christianity to do the duties which belong to us in them. But being entered into it by a voluntary act of our own, we cannot omit such duties without sin but where the circumstances of things do supersede the obligation.(Bp. )The responsibility of knowledgeF. Sermon – James 3:1-12 Tongues of Fire Eagle Rock Presbyterian Church September 13, 2009 Listen to this sermon. The heart is proud of its idols and is content to worship them; the happy mother boasts of her children and rejoices without trembling over the frailest gift of God; the fond wife clings to her husband and in the strength of her proud reverence and love rests the confidence of her soul if trouble comes to try it. II. "I am bound," you say, "to make a better use of my time. (James 4:3) "You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? But there are certain such duties which we owe both to the public and to one another. The Reformation era which could produce a Luther, a Knox, a Zwingle, a Calvin, the Puritan age which could create a Cromwell, a Baxter, a Milton, a Bunyan, were times when the name of God had not become a theological phrase, but vital realities, unseen, but all-powerful, in living relation with the practical interests of man. Life is A PROSPECT; looking beyond the bounds of time over into the bosom of eternity, and forward to the bar of God (2 Corinthians 5:1-9; 2 Timothy 4:8). The most prominent and universal of these is the Pharisee's boast, "God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are"; the boast of self-righteousness or the refuge of fear, the vaunt of self-complacency or the consolation of a conscience not at ease, the hollow comfort of souls that have heard of a wrath to come, but have not learnt the way to flee from it. Let us consider whether the means by which we propose to compass these views are of such a nature that we may ask the Divine blessing to accompany them. That is true, replied Grant, in his quiet way. The task which our love to God has to face is that of penetrating and subduing every force and faculty of our nature with its own sweet influence, of bringing every thought, in apostolic phrase, "into captivity to the law of Christ." And yet the vanishing breath may utter great thoughts and kind words to the joy and purifying of multitudes. All the commands of God to the characters to whom they are given come as a present demand. This is true of some lives; they are only pernicious and destructive. ...read more, I Want what you’ve got Hours, days, weeks, months, years pass with confusing rapidity; and we are apt to infer that little can be done or attempted with such conditions. 2. It furnishes us with a rule by which all our undertakings ought to be examined. But life is made up of much more than these. ...read more, Scripture: I have this last word: "To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" — that is, it is sinful in proportion to our knowledge. "Ye know not what shall be on the morrow.". You ask and don't receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. Who adapted them? Mac Davis recorded a song in 1980 that became an international hit called, “It’s Hard to Be Humble.” LIFE IS A DIVINE DISCIPLINE. If it be so brief, so much the more reason for improving it while it lasts. "If the Lord will," we ought to say — then of course there is a Lord God to will, and work, direct, watch, and keep.2. "My days... are passed away as the swift ships" (Job 9:26). "If the Lord will." And if he destroys the church, our faith will follow. Great was the indignation of the man who stood high in the city when he was told, "If you and I are to have dealings it must be on strictly ready-money terms." 2. Let’s Quarrel About Quarreling WHAT WILL YOUR LIFE BE IN ITS RESULTS? expect God to answer the prayer that our worldly business may prosper, if we secretly resolve to employ what success he sends in catering for self glorification. The very heathens, by the light of nature, were wont to use these forms with some religion, and would seldom speak of any purpose of theirs without this holy parenthesis. Suppose a certain man is to be very happy by and by. A consecrated being, he must find in the fellowship of fellow-Christians that which will fill his heart with joy because it fills his hands with usefulness. Alas! The great Lord of all has no part in this scheme. We are continuing, this morning, with our look at the Book of James, a New Testament book written in the first century probably by Jesus’ brother, James, who served as the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Not thus, nor so quickly, is our dream to be translated into the region of solid fact. Thesis: Jesus was filled with joy and this inner joy came from His relationship with God the Father through prayer. They converse. Vapour is so ethereal, phantom-like, and unreal, that it may rather be said to appear than to exist. But there are ugly circumstances in life which mar all the success that is possible along that line of movement. but is it not foolish for a man to feel that he can do as he likes, and that everything will fall out as he desires; that he can both propose and dispose, and has not to ask God's consent at all? We cannot be here long. We boast, and we rejoice in our boasting, that we can do this and that and the other thing. The mother does not look upon her fairest children with more pride than the heart of man is prone to feel in looking at the works of its own service and contemplating the fruits of its own goodness. Have you ever had VI. "Whence" comes it? As the knowledge of the future is hidden from us, we ought not to pry into it. The man, then, who would show loyalty to Christ must pay great heed to this principle of justice. Admit that revelation, however, and though all difficulties are not thereby removed, yet feeling so many to be mitigated, we can bear the rest until the day of clearer light and fuller knowledge. But Christ calls us to a priestly mission as well. I. Raleigh, D. D.)Holy forms of speechT. The main duty of this kind which I shall insist upon is the laying aside all animosities and distinctions of parties, and carrying on that which is the undoubted common interest of us all. Men calculate upon an indefinite prolonging of life. You may be true, righteous, honourable, but the spirit of the world may have such dominion over you that all spiritual desire may be extinguished, and spiritual power and sympathy lost. I know I ought." That is the way for a Christian man always to live — have everything in order, even to a pair of gloves, Finish up your work every night; nay, finish up every minute. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE AS TO ITS DURATION? Then he laughs, and prides himself upon the strength of his will; but his boasting is sheer arrogance. He who would spend a good year must begin it and go through it seeing God. Are You the Best? Is it not reason, then, that we should yield ourselves under His will?(R. First comes a distinct realisation and acknowledgment of God. THE GOOD WHICH WE ARE OBLIGED TO DO.1. Accommodate all your views, feelings, and plans to this state of things. Entire Book on one page; James 4:1-12 The Outer and the Inner Life Because we do not know what is to be on the morrow we should be greatly humbled by our ignorance. Mr. Whitefield said that he would not go to bed unless he had put even his gloves in their right place. If he knows it he will be discontented till the happy hour arrives. The rule of it. Oh, the word “passion” turns up in seamy novels and videos, I suppose. IT IS A PROPHECY. In the text we see men living without any recognition of the relation of this life to immortality. The very heathens, by the light of nature, were wont to use these forms with some religion, and would seldom speak of any purpose of theirs without this holy parenthesis. "Ye know not what shall be on the morrow." Here is DISSUASION FROM PRESUMPTION — from thoughtless, reckless confidence in the immediate future, in the year that is thought about, and in the self that is to make it so and so. I can do a deal better for myself than Providence can ever do for me." 1. Is it so, O man, that thy life is self-governed? (a) That the measures of duty in this case are very different, according to the different circumstances and conditions of persons. How did they know they would ever get there?" "THE EPISTLE OF JAMES" Making Our Plans (4:13-17) INTRODUCTION 1. For a sin of omission must suppose an obligation, since every sin must be a transgression of the law.I. Such heresy ignores the teaching of our text that —. We use it to help us eat and digest food, we need it for How many of you, if you will confess the truth, are looking for happiness, not from anything which is in your lives, but for something which you hope will be before you die. Look at the source of this life: nothing less than the Spirit of God. For there are several kinds of things that are good, and we are to have a different regard to them (Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:13; Matthew 12:7). When the poet says "Man never is, but always to be, blest," while he thus describes our imagined bliss as a floating upon the future, as a fragment of a rainbow that always flies as we advance. Justice is the glory of God. Resolve that a New Year shall be distinguished by new resolutions. THE REASONS FOR THIS FRAME OF MIND.1. Dear friends, have some of us begun the New Year with this feeling, that we really ought this year to be far more diligent in the keeping of our hearts. When we use these forms, the heart must go along with the tongue; common speeches, wherein God's name is used, if the heart be not reverent, are but profanations. 2. What the sun is to the vapour, God is to our life; and life shines or saddens according to its relation to Him. )The danger of the boasterJ. But not less true is it of property and business than of life. Well, if we are doing so, we are not wise: there is a three-fold error and folly in wasting and making miserable our present life by these shadowy hopes. So the places that now know us shall know us no more for ever. It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." We cannot thus rely upon to-morrow, and we know not what a day may bring forth, and what is our life? We know, I believe, pretty well in this congregation. I will next observe that the truth in the text is the best truth to carry about with us in order to enable us to set things at their value. If he knows it he will be discontented till the happy hour arrives. Nay, more, it surrounds these spirits with every influence that can evoke their love and satisfy their yearnings. They have some part they must give, as they fancy, to their own aggrandisement. Van Oosterzee.I. Is it not so that you have a great field within you, which you are to plough, and plant, and cultivate for God, till it shall be ripe unto the harvest? March 16-17, 2019 God provides not only the men but the raw material. There is no grander conception of man than that he is God's missionary. Christian nations go to war with one another. 2 My brothers, 1 w show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, x the Lord of glory. Your own breath is a fair picture of the flimsy, airy thing which men call life. The plans of others often conflict with ours, or ours with theirs, and so neutralise one another. I would not here set forth doing, in the narrow mechanical sense, as opposed to speaking, or thinking, or feeling. 1. What is our life as to its security? Yet our text affords us what is in some aspects an instructive answer. of the cravings of your carnal hearts. The former is confident in prospect, and boastful in success. 3. As we have seen Jesus’ own brother, James, is … Come near to God and he Let us first look at the form of this folly, and notice what it was that these people said when they were counting on the future. One rotten thread spoils a fabric. For those are intended for a public benefit. The man whose spirit is thus well ordered, whose intellect and affections are balanced by a ready will and a tender conscience, is to consecrate himself and all his powers to God. it is laborious, enchanted, fleshly and empty. Men live for garish pride, or rosy pleasure, or golden gain, or crimson greatness; the earth is no better for their presence, they work no private or public service. By their "boastings" we are to understand the manifold workings of that self-sufficient and vainglorious spirit by which they were animated. II. IV. It is a marvel that man lives at all. "A vapour" — YET A VAPOUR MAY END IN A DRAIN OR A RAINBOW. Your soul tells you that it was not made to serve the body, or to stoop to any bondage whatever, or to any ignoble purpose. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." Rains, having fallen, are bound to find their way to the sea; and, whether on this side of the rock or the other, all the same they create the great Father of Waters. RECOGNITION OF GOD WITH REGARD TO THE FUTURE IS TRUE WISDOM. 2. James 4:13-14 . Their first and their last thoughts were of the earth earthy, and their one idea seemed to be that they might get sufficient to make them feel that they were rich and increased in goods. I. (2) I now proceed to the good which we are to do with respect to others of the same nature and in a worse condition than ourselves, and therefore need our help and assistance. "If the Lord will." There is a certain being a day of whose existence may be thus described. Life is AN ACT, i.e., characterised by things done; either what ought to be done, or what ought not to be done. It is well to accumulate what will be for our own or others' comfort. We ought, for every reason, to be thankful that we do not know the future; but, at any rate, we can clearly see that to count on it is fully, and that ignorance of it is.a matter of fact. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. If we live to the extreme age of men, how short our time is! A breath, a passing breeze! You may be attired for the gayest scene, awaiting a friend, securely seated at your father's fireside, and in an instant be in the fierce and fiery embrace of death, exchanging your rich garments for a winding-sheet of flame, breathing in an atmosphere of fire; in an instant, unwarned, unattended, unaided — gone. For these are not always necessary, and sometimes we may be hindered from them. James 3:13--4:3 | Search Results | Sermon and Worship Resources This Week As Mazzini, the Italian patriot once said, "Life is a mission, and duty a supreme law." 2. Thankful for the success of;3. The weakness or strength of character is seen in how it meets the Divine test. (Dean Plumptre. Are we not mistaken here? 15 New-Year Quotes You Can Use In Your First Sermon Of The New Year. the wonders of this spiritual life! On the geese expressing their willingness to do so if a means of conveyance could be devised, the frog produced a stalk of long grass, got the two geese to take it one by each end, while he clung to it by his mouth in the middle. How can we reckon upon anything in a world like this, where nothing is certain but uncertainty? The ages in our own history most fruitful of good, most full of the heroic element, were ages when the consciousness of men was saturated with the thought of God. Bat to depend implicitly, whether on the prolongation of life, or on the attainment of wealth, is utterly unreasonable, as being what truth, and the actual condition of things, forbid — and eminently dangerous, as setting aside a powerful moral motive, fitted to be useful both to saints and sinners. Have we felt a more searching, heart-aching repentance for it — a repentance which leads to the entire forsaking of it? If you have never tried to curb your temper, if you have never tried to subdue your passions, if you have never tried to be better men, better women, then you know not what I mean; but if you have tried to do better, and wanted to be better, and struggled to do better, then you know that Paul was not only graphic but accurate when he described life as war with the world, and war with the flesh, and war with the devil. "Ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God with your bodies and your spirits, which are God's." IGNORANCE OF THE FUTURE IS A MATTER OF FACT. The formalist has a standard, and to keep up this standard much carnal and bodily exercise are necessary. We arrange that this is going to be done, and the other thing; but God puts forth His little finger, and removes some friend, or changes some circumstance, and all our propositions fail to the ground. What treasures these swift ships bring! He was insulted; he would not endure it; he would go to another house. 2. III. And the reason of considering this is from the comparison Of several duties with one another; for we may be bound to several things at the same time, but we cannot perform them together; and the difficulty then is to understand which of these duties we may omit without sin.1. I shall succeed." II. And those of us for whom the Catholic religion, the word “passion” stirs up thoughts of the torture Jesus had to undergo In these various ways does God test us. The earth is always being made the poorer by the departure of those whom we so sincerely admired or passionately loved — those who were ornaments of society, the pride of the Church, the light of our home. Lastly, I wish to consider the question of St. James, "What is your life?" The next life will much resemble this, according to their ideas. How apt we are to make the largest promises and yet fail in performing them — "To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin"! that for Providence! Value life for its highest ends. Short in nature; but how much shorter in grace! We are glad that we do not know when our friends are to die; and we feel thankful that we cannot foretell when we shall depart out of this life. She sought a fitting answer to it, and not many weeks later she could say, "I am living for Christ and for heaven." No one is to be trusted who does not trust God and obey Him. Here is DISSUASION FROM PRESUMPTION — from thoughtless, reckless confidence in the immediate future, in the year that is thought about, and in the self that is to make it so and so. Our dependence upon it. If you live upon an eminence, from which you can look down upon a stretch of country, you see in the early morning a mist covering all the valleys. The plans of others often conflict with ours, or ours with theirs, and so neutralise one another.3. Plummer, D. D.)Ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.BoastingA. 1. If we would have our nature restored to restfulness, we must realize our dependence upon God. "They that trust in their wealth and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches," whose "inward thought is that their houses shall endure for ever and their dwelling-places to all generations"; the purse-proud or the rank-proud, who "hath said in his heart I shall not be moved for I shall never be in adversity," who is not "in trouble as other men, neither is he plagued like other men," to whom one day telleth another the same unvarying tale of his prosperity, to whom the world bows down as it bows to every image of the world-god, Mammon, these are types of a false security, such as their lowest worshippers know how to estimate: envy itself) as it looks askance upon them, remembers the rich man in the parable and half-renounces its greediness; and all but the poor deluded boasters themselves remember him who had got together the fruits of an abundant harvest and bade his soul take her ease, eat, drink and be merry, till he was arrested by the terrible voice of God declaring to him, "Thou fool! 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