Sermons on James

Passing the Temptation Test, Part 1

James 1:13-15 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it…

Trouble: A Required Course

Readings: Acts 15:12-21; James 1:1-4, 12-18; Matthew 13:54-58 Family and Friends of Salem Lutheran Church, We have begun another school year.  Children, youth, and some adults are back to school.  They are studying.  What they are studying depends on their courses.  One course that should be taken by every Christian is: “Trouble.”  That’s why I…

Going Deeper with God

James 4:8 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Dear Friends in Christ, I’d like to begin this morning by seeing how well you listen to my sermons.  In a sermon I preached earlier this year I stated that of…

Small but Powerful

James 3:1-12 Taming the Tongue 3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we…

Confession: It Really is Good for the Soul

James 5:16a 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. Dear Friends in Christ, When I was a fairly young lad growing up in Staunton, IL, the summer months were the highlight of my year.  I lived for summer because I knew that every…

Softening the Face of God

James 5:16 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Dear Friends in Christ, How many of you believe that there is power in the words you speak?  For example, if your child spilled…