Aug 8 2017
(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)
Citizens of Heaven behave differently to others during a national election. This is because we have different values. These values help us to help others.
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Dec 5 2013
“Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell … no human being can tame the tongue” (James 3:5-8).
At Pentecost the church experienced a different fire; it came from heaven and rested upon believers causing their tongues to praise God in various languages by the power of the Holy Spirit. James is right, human beings can’t tame the tongue, but God can. He sanctifies this small part of the body with holy fire so that it can steer the life of the believer in a godly direction. In the scripture above James has told a positive story through a negative picture – and what a wonderful job he did! More
Sep 21 2013
A statement on Biblical versus Positive Confession.
The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). It also says “confess your sins to each other” (James 5:16). But does it tell us to practice ‘positive confession’ – the belief that we should confess all will be well, that we will be healthy, rich and successful? The answer is no, it does not!
Neither Jesus nor Paul practiced ‘positive confession.’ They confessed both positive and negative things on numerous occasions. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus said “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mt 26:38). This is a negative confession. Did this negative statement bring about his horrible death? No, it was his Father’s will that he die on the cross. More