S6E23: Crowned with Glory

On this World Communion Sunday, we come together in unity with Christians all around the world to recognize the one thing that draws us all together and separates us from all other world religions. That one thing is faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. That Jesus Christ is the Son of God is a statement that only those who have faith in Christ can proclaim. There may be many denominations, separations between the orthodox and liberal factions, the Catholic church and protestantism, and the many shades of protestantism such as Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and, yes, Methodist. And yet the one thing that defines us as Christian and truly makes us one church universal is faith in Jesus Christ, who is crowned with glory and seated at the right hand of God the Father. Ours is the only faith that affirms belief in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and on World Communion Sunday we set aside our differences to embrace our oneness in Christ alone.

Text: Hebrews 1:1-4,2:5-12

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 7, 2018



S6E22: Pure Fellowship (Purity of the Body pt. 5)

We conclude our series in James by looking at what it means to be present in the church. Our presence together is powerful. One Christian on his or her own praying alone is a powerful thing but when we gather together by two or three or a few or many, that power in the Spirit of God grows exponentially. The question we have been looking at throughout this series has been this: As members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness? Today our focus is on our presence and how it brings healing to us, to our church, and to our community.

Text: James 5:13-20

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 30, 2018



S6E21: Pure Prayer (Purity of the Body pt. 4)

So often Christians lose their connection to God in prayer, and why do we think this is? Many Christians lose hope in prayer because they feel as though their prayers are not being answered, that they pray and pray and God ignores their pleas. In today's reading from the book of James, we look at purity in prayer, and why it is that some prayers are answered to our liking, and some are not. What can we do to continue our prayer life with God? How can we keep the lines of communication open? James says that it begins with us and the way that we pray.

Text: James 3:12-4:8

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 23, 2018



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