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Waiting for Christ's return. Patiently? (CC)

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DECEMBER 15, 2013 A CLOSED CAPTIONED SERMON SERMON TEXT: JAMES 5:7-11 LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY JAMES WHERE WE READ THE FIFTH CHAPTER OF HIS EPISTLE BEGINNING WITH VERSE 7: BE PATIENT, THEN, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, UNTIL THE LORD'S COMING. SEE HOW THE FARMER WAITS FOR THE LAND TO YIELD ITS VALUABLE CROP, PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THE AUTUMN AND SPRING RAINS. YOU TOO, BE PATIENT AND STAND FIRM, BECAUSE THE LORD'S COMING IS NEAR. DON'T GRUMBLE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, OR YOU WILL BE JUDGED. THE JUDGE IS STANDING AT THE DOOR! BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AS AN EXAMPLE OF PATIENCE IN THE FACE OF SUFFERING, TAKE THE PROPHETS WHO SPOKE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. AS YOU KNOW, WE COUNT AS BLESSED THOSE WHO HAVE PERSEVERED. YOU HAVE HEARD OF JOB'S PERSEVERANCE AND HAVE SEEN WHAT THE LORD FINALLY BROUGHT ABOUT. THE LORD IS FULL OF COMPASSION AND MERCY. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: WHEN I WAS SERVING A CONGREGATION IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN, THIS WAS ALWAYS AN INTERESTING TIME OF YEAR, BECAUSE IT WAS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN EVERYTHING BY NOW HAD FROZEN, WAS DEAD. SOMETIMES THERE WAS JUST THIS BEAUTIFUL BLANKET OF WHITE SNOW THAT EVERYONE WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS, AND BY NEW YEAR'S DAY EVERYBODY HATED IT AND THEY WANTED SPRING TO COME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SO DURING THIS TIME, WHEN YOU WERE BEGINNING TO BE LOCKED IN YOUR HOUSE FOR WEEKS ON END, THE GREAT THING CAME IN THE MAIL. ALL OF THE SPRING SEED CATALOGS. GORGEOUS PICTURES OF FLOWERS IN BLOOM ALL OVER THE PLACE ON EVERY PAGE AND I WOULD GET THOSE AND SIT DOWN AND PORE OVER THEM THINKING: THIS IS WHAT I WAS GONNA PLANT AND I COULD FIGURE OUT THESE ARE WHAT I WAS GOING TO START AS SOON AS I GOT ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS DOWN THE DINING ROOM WAS GOING TO BECOME "NURSERY CENTRAL"! AND WE'D GET OUT ALL OF THE SEED TRAYS AND ALL OF THE DIRT AND PLANT ALL OF THOSE PLANTS, ALL OF THOSE SEEDS WAITING FOR THEM TO GROW, HOPING WE DIDN'T START TOO SOON BECAUSE IF THEY GREW OUT OF THOSE SEED TRAYS THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO TRANSPLANT THEM BEFORE WE COULD GET THEM INTO THE GROUND BUT IT WAS EXCITING! IT WAS A GREAT TIME AND IT WAS FILLED WITH ANTICIPATION AND I COULD HARDLY WAIT TO SEE THOSE FLOWERS IN BLOOM AND TO KNOW THAT I WAS GONNA HAVE A TOMATO OR A PEPPER! IT WAS JUST EXCITING! NOW I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. AND THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS BLOOMING ALL OF THE TIME. AND THE ONLY TIME I REALLY THINK ABOUT SITTING IN MY HOUSE IN COLD WEATHER IS EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I WATCH THE WEATHER CHANNEL AND THINK: WHY DO THOSE PEOPLE STILL LIVE THERE? BUT THE THING IS, I DON'T GET EXCITED ABOUT GARDENING ANYMORE. BECAUSE I CAN DO IT ALL THE TIME. IT'S NOT LIKE WHEN WE WOULD MAKE OUR FIRST TRIP TO THE GARDENING STORE AND SEE ALL OF THESE PLANTS IN THE GREENHOUSE. AND GET SO EXCITED BY THAT SMELL OF GERANIUM. CUZ I CAN GO OVER TO LOWES ANY DAY AND SEE THOUSANDS OF PLANTS. TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF THE EXCITEMENT OUT OF IT. AND I DON'T HAVE PATIENCE ANYMORE. BECAUSE NOW I EXPECT IF I WANT TO PLANT SOME PLANTS WHATEVER TIME OF YEAR IT IS, I CAN JUST GO SOMEWHERE, PICK THEM UP THAT DAY AND PUT THEM IN THE GROUND. JAMES TELLS US WE'RE TO HAVE THE PATIENCE OF FARMERS WHEN IT COMES TO WAITING FOR CHRIST'S RETURN. AND SOMETIMES I THINK, WE JUST FORGET ABOUT THAT SECOND COMING. AND EVEN AT THIS TIME OF YEAR WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ADVENT ... WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CHRIST'S FIRST COMING: IT IS SO EASY TO GET WRAPPED UP IN ALL OF THE TRAPPINGS OF THIS SEASON, THAT SOMEHOW IN OUR HEADS WE JUST IGNORE THE FACT THAT CHRIST IS GOING TO COME SOME DAY AND END THIS WORLD. THAT HE IS GOING TO COME WITH ALL OF HIS ANGELS ... EVERYONE WILL SEE HIM ... THE DEAD WILL BE RAISED AND TOGETHER ALL WILL BE JUDGED. SEPARATED! ON THE BASIS OF THEIR FAITH. THOSE WHO BELIEVE: CALLED TO THEIR ETERNAL HOME. AND THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE: CONDEMNED TO ETERNAL HELL. IT'S A BIG DAY. IT IS ONE THAT WE DO NEED THAT REMINDER THAT WE ARE TO LONG FOR. WE ARE TO HAVE IT IN OUR MINDS; WE ARE TO WAIT EXPECTANTLY FOR IT. AND TO DO SO WITH PATIENCE. TO DO SO UNDERSTANDING THAT EACH AND EVERY DAY WE LIVE IN GOD'S MERCY. THAT NO MATTER WHAT COMES OUR WAY, OUR LORD IS FAITHFUL. HE HAS REDEEMED US. HE HAS SAVED US. HE IS WITH US EACH AND EVERY DAY AND NO MATTER WHAT SATAN OR THE WORLD OR SIN THROWS AT US, WE KNOW THAT GOD STILL LOVES US. AND HE IS GOING TO COME AND TAKE US TO BE WITH HIM. HE'S GOING TO COME AS SOON AS OUR ROOM IS READY IN HEAVEN. TO COME AND TAKE ME FROM THIS WORLD TO LIVE IN PURE HOLINESS AND INNOCENTS AND PERFECTION IN HIS PRESENCE EVERY DAY. THAT'S THE COMFORT AND REASSURANCE THAT IS MINE AND IS YOURS EACH AND EVERY DAY ... NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR LIFE. BUT IT REALLY IS A REMINDER TO US THAT WE ARE TO STAND FIRM IN OUR FAITH AS WE LIVE IN THIS WORLD. THIS WORLD THAT IS FILLED WITH SIN. THIS WORLD THAT DOESN'T WANT US TO BE FOCUSED ON CHRIST AND WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. THIS WORLD THAT WANTS US TO GET SIDETRACKED BY EVERY LITTLE THING. SATAN WANTS US, WHEN WE HAVE AN ACHE OR PAIN IN OUR BODY, TO SIT DOWN AND START WHINING AND CRYING. TURNING TO GOD AND SAYING: GOD WHY IS THIS MY BURDEN TO BEAR? I'M YOUR CHILD! YOU LOVE ME. WHY ARE YOU MAKING IT PAINFUL FOR ME? HOW COME I CAN'T HAVE IT EASY? HOW COME ALL OF THE SINNERS OUT THERE HAVE THESE GREAT LIVES AND THEY DO WHATEVER THEY WANT AND THEY NEVER HAVE ANY TROUBLES OR ISSUES? BUT I'M YOUR CHILD! HOW COME I DON'T GET IT EASY? HOW COME I'M NOT BLESSED WITH WEALTH BEYOND MY COMPARE, BEYOND COMPARE WITH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING I WANT? SATAN WANTS US TO STOP BEING FOCUSED ON GOD AND LOSE TRACK OF WHAT'S IMPORTANT. PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THAT WAS OUR LESSON FOR THIS MORNING. THE PERSON OF JOB. SATAN WENT TO GOD AND SAID: WELL OF COURSE JOB LIKES YOU. YOU'VE GIVEN HIM EVERYTHING HE WANTS. HE IS ENTIRELY BLESSED BY YOU. HE HAS SONS. HE HAS DAUGHTERS. HE HAS HUGE FLOCKS. HE HAS GREAT HERDS. OF COURSE HE'S GOING TO WORSHIP YOU. AND GOD SAID: OKAY. I WILL LET YOU TAKE THOSE THINGS FROM HIM BUT YOU CANNOT LAY A FINGER ON HIM. AND THEN WE HAVE, WHAT MUST HAVE BEEN, THAT HORRIFIC DAY, IN THE LIFE OF JOB ... WHEN MESSENGER AFTER MESSENGER, AFTER MESSENGER, AFTER MESSENGER CAME TO HIM AND SAID: THIS IS GONE. THIS IS NOW GONE. THEY'VE TAKEN THIS. YOUR HOUSE COLLAPSED ON YOUR CHILDREN AND THEY ARE DEAD. AND THEN WE SEE JOB'S REACTION. THAT HE FELL ON THE FLOOR AND WORSHIPED GOD. THAT HE FELL ON THE FLOOR AND HE SAID THAT GOD WAS THE ONE WHO HAD GIVEN HIM THESE THINGS, THAT GOD HAD TAKEN THEM AWAY, AND THE NAME OF THE LORD BE PRAISED. WHAT AN EXAMPLE OF STANDING FIRM IN PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE FOR US AS GOD'S CHILDREN TO REALIZE THAT WE, TOO, CAN HAVE THAT KIND OF FAITH! THAT KIND OF STRENGTH IN WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US. HE IS NOT GOING TO LEAVE US OR ABANDON US. NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES, HE IS THERE WITH US. BUT HOW OFTEN WHEN WE GET IN SITUATIONS FAR LESS SERIOUS THAN JOB, DO WE START COMPLAINING? WE THINK WE'RE THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS EVER LOST A CHILD. AND YET THERE ARE HOSPITALS FILLED WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE SICK AND DYING. WE THINK WE'RE THE ONLY ONE WHO HAVE EVER HAD TO WITNESS A PARENT DYING. AND YET, EVERY DAY, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES THAT PEOPLE DON'T EVEN CARE ABOUT OR VISIT WHO ARE DYING AS WELL. WE GET SO CONCERNED ABOUT "MY" PAIN AND "MY" LOSS AND "MY" GRIEF THAT WE REFUSE TO LET ANYONE, EVEN GOD, COME IN AND COMFORT US ... WITH HIS LOVE AND HIS CARE TO SAY THAT I AM WITH YOU. I HAVE SAVED YOU. YOU ARE MY CHILD. AND WE HAVE THE REMINDER IN THE LETTER TO THE ROMANS THAT NO MATTER WHAT COMES INTO OUR LIFE, NO MATTER HOW BAD IT IS, GOD IS GOING TO USE IT, FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. FOR OUR SPIRITUAL GOOD. FOR OUR ETERNAL WELFARE. AND WE REMIND OURSELVES AS WE LIVE IN THIS WORLD THAT WE SHOULDN'T START TURNING ON GOD BECAUSE OUR LIFE IS NOT BLESSED IN THE WAY THAT WE WANT. OR HOW OFTEN DON'T WE, LIKE WHAT JAMES TELLS THOSE PEOPLE IN HIS LETTER, WHEN WE GET INTO THAT SPOT IN OUR LIFE WHERE WE'RE NOT HAPPY AND WE'RE FEELING OVERWHELMED AND WE'RE FEELING STRESSED, WHAT DO WE DO? WE START GRUMBLING ABOUT EACH OTHER! WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE AS MISERABLE AS WE ARE. WE LOOK AT OTHER PEOPLE AND WE PICK THEM APART. WE BECOME THE JUDGE, JURY, SENTENCER, EXECUTIONER ... OVER THEIR LIFE. AND JAMES SAYS: IT'S NOT YOUR JOB ... TO DO THAT. STOP GRUMBLING ABOUT EACH OTHER. STOP JUDGING EACH OTHER BE PATIENT IN THE LORD. RETURN AND FOCUS ON THE LORD. FOCUS ON WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU. WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO YOU. HIS CARE AND HIS CONCERN FOR YOU. THINK OF WHAT JESUS DID. WHEN JOHN THE BAPTIST, WHO WAS IN PRISON, HAD QUESTIONS WHETHER JESUS TRULY WAS THE MESSIAH. SENT HIS DISCIPLES TO JESUS TO FIND OUT ... ARE YOU THE ONE? ARE YOU REALLY THE ONE THAT GOD HAS SENT TO SAVE THE WORLD? AND JESUS TOLD JOHN'S DISCIPLES: YOU GO BACK TO HIM AND SHARE WITH HIM THE MESSAGE: LOOK AT WHAT GOD IS DOING. THE BLIND HAVE RECEIVED SIGHT. THE LAME ARE WALKING. THE DEAF ARE HEARING. THOSE WHO ARE SICK ARE BEING HEALED. THE ONE THAT ISAIAH HAD PROPHESIED ABOUT HAS COME. JESUS THEN TURNED TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE AND SAID: AND YES, JOHN IS THE ONE THAT ISAIAH ALSO PROPHESIED. HE WAS GOING TO PREPARE THE WAY. BUT WHEN WE GET IN THAT DARK PLACE, WHERE SIN SEEMS TO BE OVERWHELMING US, THE ONE THING THAT IS GOING TO BRING US BACK FROM THAT DARK PLACE IS THE LIGHT OF CHRIST. AND THE WORD. AND FOCUSING ON THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US. ON THE WORK OF CHRIST MESSIAH. WHAT HE CAME INTO THIS WORLD TO ACCOMPLISH WAS OUR SALVATION. REMOVING FROM US OUR SIN. SO WE KNOW THAT WE LIVE AS THE HOLY REDEEMED CHILDREN OF GOD. AND THAT GOD IS NO LONGER PUNISHING US BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT WE ACT. YES, GOD MAY DISCIPLINE US TO KEEP US STRONGER IN THE FAITH. HE MAY CHASTISE US SO THAT WE WILL RETURN TO HIM AND BE FAITHFUL TO HIM. BUT GOD DOES NOT SIT IN HIS HEAVEN LIKE SOME EVIL KIND OF OLD MAN WHO LOOKS AT US AND SAYS: OH, OH NO, THAT PERSON'S BEEN BAD. NOW I'M GONNA MESS WITH THEM. I'M GONNA SHOW THEM WHAT "BAD" REALLY IS. BUT OUR SINFUL MIND LEADS US TO THAT. IT ALWAYS LEADS US AWAY FROM GOD'S LOVE AND HIS FAITHFULNESS WHICH IS WHAT STRENGTHENS US AND KEEPS US ACTIVE IN OUR FAITH. KEEPS US FOCUSED ON THE THINGS THAT WE ARE TO BE FOCUSED ON. TO PERSEVERE. BECAUSE WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT AS GOD'S CHILDREN LIVING IN THE WORLD OF SATAN IT IS NEVER GOING TO BE EASY FOR US. IT NEVER HAS. LOOK AT THE PROPHETS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, WHO PROCLAIMED GOD'S WILL TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND THEY WERE MOCKED. THEY WERE LAUGHED AT. THEY WERE IGNORED. THEY WERE BEATEN UP. LOOK AT WHAT THEY DID TO JESUS. THE ONE WHO CAME IN LOVE TO SAVE THE WORLD. BUT THEY MISTREATED HIM HORRIBLY. THAT HE SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE. THE ATROCITIES THAT HE BORE FOR OUR FORGIVENESS. AND WE ALSO CAN GO ON AND CONTINUE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL AS HE WENT OUT AND PROCLAIMED CHRIST TO THE NATIONS WAS ONE THAT WAS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE AGAINST HIM. AND EVIL. AND THAT IS WHAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR US AS WELL. BECAUSE WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT. AND THE WORLD HATES US. AND THE WORLD ALWAYS WILL. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE JUST GIVE UP. THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE JUST GET TIRED. THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE THINK THAT THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMEPLACE FOR US TO GO TO HEAR THE WORD OF CHRIST. WE CAN'T BECOME COMPLACENT. WE CAN'T FORGET THAT CHRIST IS GOING TO RETURN ... AND TAKE US TO BE WITH HIM. SO WE REMIND OURSELVES AS JAMES TEACHES US: TO STAND FIRM IN OUR FAITH. TO STAY FIXED ON CHRIST. TO BE PATIENT. THAT WE PATIENTLY ENDURE DURING SUFFERING. THAT WE PATIENTLY WAIT FOR CHRIST TO COME AND TAKE US TO BE WITH HIM. AND THAT WE STAY FOCUSED ON GOD'S MERCY. AND FOCUSED ON GOD'S LOVE. THAT WE BREAK THE HABIT OF BEING STUCK IN SIN AND STUCK IN THE BAD HABIT OF THINKING. BUT THAT WE PRAY. AND HAVE DEVOTION ON THE WORD OF GOD THAT REMINDS US THAT GOD FEEDS THE HUNGRY; HE TAKES CARE OF THE SICK. HE HEALS THOSE WHO ARE SICK. HE GIVES SIGHT TO THE BLIND. AND HEARING TO THE DEAF. HE "IS" THE LORD WHO IS FAITHFUL! HE WILL NOT ABANDON US. HE WILL NOT LEAVE US. AND WE STAND FIRM UNTIL THE DAY HE COMES TO TAKE US HOME. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 17 minutes and 55 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 52
Posted by: hischild on Dec 17, 2013

This closed captioned message is based on the Word of the Lord revealed in the fifth chapter of James, verses 7 to 11. www.ziontorrance.info

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