By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: James 3: 1-12
Many of us, I imagine, grew up hearing the expression “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve observed through my years in ministry that words can easily carry as much – or even more – power than a fist. Words can inflict pain that results in long-term suffering; especially when those words come from individuals who have some authority over us: like parents or teachers or coaches or pastors. I’m confident all of us can remember occasions when people’s words blessed us and encouraged us AND that we can also remember occasions when people’s words wounded and discouraged us. They’re the words that come up when we’re sitting in the therapist’s office.
By Pastor Suzanne Clemenz
Scripture: James 2: 1-17
This week we begin a new sermon series at Trinity that will run through the month of September, and for these four Sundays the pastors will be exploring the wisdom found in the book of James in the New Testament. James is a short book, only a few chapters, and it was written as a letter to the early church in general – not to one particular church, but to the church as a whole – and it was meant to be an inspiring and practical letter. James was writing to instruct and give wisdom to the earliest Christians on how to live out their faith, on how to put what they believed about God and the life of Jesus into practice in their daily life. Although it was written 2,000 years ago, what James had to say resonates with striking relevance for us today. Isn’t that still what we are doing – trying to discern what it means to follow God’s will for us in our day-to-day lives?
By Pastor Monica McDougal
Scripture Passage: Genesis 16:1-13
My senior year of high school, I was an office aide. Now, when you work in a high school office, you basically have a front row seat to all of the drama. Every fight, every disciplinary action, every kid caught cutting class gets paraded past you. And there was this one kid at my school who was sort of a frequent flyer. For privacy’s sake, let’s call him Matt. Matt was always getting into trouble. He got into fights regularly, would mouth off at teachers, and just had a bad attitude generally. My whole school, myself included, just kind of wrote Matt off as just an angry, bitter, troublemaker. We never really stopped to ask why. Why was Matt so angry and bitter? What was going on beneath the surface?
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