Friday, January 31, 2014

Prayer request

Lorie Short's father, Ed Morris, is not responding to treatment very well so she is on her way back up to Duke medical. Please pray for Lorie as she travels and for her father and family.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Immediate prayer request

We just got word that Lorie Short's father, Ed Morris, has encountered two pulmonary embolisms following his lung surgery. He is back at Duke and being monitored very closely.

Please remember Ed, Lorie and the entire family in your prayers.

Coming Up This Sunday (February 2)

Hello Castle folks!

I've heard some great things about this last Sunday!  I haven't heard Tecia's message, yet, but hope to soon.  I want to thank her for her message and am grateful so many of our number could be there to hear her speak!  As I understand, Debbie Whigham got the message on her tablet.  As soon as I can, I will get that file from her for our podcast.

This Sunday, we're going to be studying James 1:13-18.  In this wonderful passage, James continues talking about the trials we experience.  But in these important verses, James is very careful to be clear about the source of these trials.  The questions James answers are:
  • How are trials and temptations similar?
  • Where do our trials come from?
  • Is it right to say that "God did this to me" when bad things happen to us?
  • What kinds of things DO come from God?
I hope everyone can make it for this important message!

Now, for the James challenge!  Vangie and I have been very blessed to keep reading through James once a week.  James always gets to me even if I've read it several times recently.  This week, I am including links to read James in the English Standard Version (ESV).  Of course, if you'd rather continue to use your own translation, feel free!

READ James (ESV)
James 1, James 2, James 3, James 4, James 5

LISTEN to James (ESV)
James 1, James 2, James 3, James 4, James 5

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Coming Up THIS Sunday! (1.26.14)

Hello everyone!

Just a reminder that Vangie and I will be out of town this Sunday.  But I am thrilled that you are going to be able to meet Tecia Janes and her family!  Tecia is going to be speaking in my place this Sunday.

I just got off the phone with her and she told me her message is called "It's Not Fair!" from James 1:9-12.  In this passage, one of the things being addressed is how to look to God in dealing with your trials and how to keep from comparing our trials to those of the people around us!

Don't forget, we're going to need plenty of help getting set up on Sunday: sweeping, coffee, hanging up the backdrop, etc.  Please plan on being early, if possible, to help!

And now, for the James challenge, I am including links to James in the New American Standard Bible (NASB).  Below you'll see links to read the book as well as links to listen.  Enjoy!

We'll see you all in two Sundays!

Read James in the NASB
James 1
James 2
James 3
James 4
James 5

Listen to James in the NASB
James 1
James 2

James 3
James 4
James 5

Friday, January 17, 2014

LISTEN to James!

Trish mentioned to me this week the possibility of listening to James instead of reading.  If that's something you'd be interested in, I've included links below to recordings of the five chapters of James.


James 1

James 2

James 3

James 4

James 5

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Text and Message for THIS Sunday! (Jan 19)

Hello everyone,

I felt our study of James got off to a good start this Sunday.  If you missed it, you can listen to the message here: Listen.

This Sunday, we'll be studying James 1:5-8.  James is continuing answering questions about trials and in these verses looks forward to pursuing wisdom in trials. 

He also will introduce to us one of his major themes: avoiding being double-minded!  I'm calling this message: "Wise People Keep their Heads on Straight!"

If you are participating in the James Challenge (reading the whole book of James every week), I am including a link to the book of James in the New Iternational Reader's Version (NIRV)

James 1

James 2

James 3

James 4

James 5

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

James Challenge and This Sunday's Text and Questions

Hello everyone!

Just a few thoughts about our James introduction.

We had a great turnout for our first Sunday.  It was great to see some faces we haven't seen for a while (though we missed some that we normally get to see who were traveling, etc.).

If you missed this Sunday, there are a few things I'd like to share with you.

First, the video that we watched on Sunday is available to view here: James Ossuary Video.

It's slightly different in that it has a different narrator, but it is the same content.

We also filled out a Viewing Guide which is available here: James Video Viewing Guide.

The CHALLENGE: On Sunday, I challenged all of us to read the book of James once a week every week for the duration of our study of James.  It sounds like a lot, but the truth is, James is a short book and you can read it in about 20 minutes to an hour! 

Here is a link to reading James in the NIV translation so you can get started: James (NIV).

THIS SUNDAY we'll be covering James 1:1-8.  We're calling the message "The Benefits of Troubles."  Here are some questions James is answering:

Should Christians expect difficult times?
How should Christians respond to difficult times?
What is the point in being faithful when times are tough?
Where does wisdom come from?

And we'll see one of James' major themes emerge: the double-minded Christian!

You don't want to miss it!  See you this Sunday!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Don't Forget a Special Sunday THIS Sunday!

Hello everyone!


As Google has reminded us, 2013 is over and 2014 has begun!

I just wanted to remind everyone about our special Sunday this Sunday, January 5.  We're starting 2014 with a special study of the book of James.  I think we're going to find James to be a lot of fun and a true challenge to us.

DON'T FORGET that we'll be starting our study this Sunday by watching a video about a very important archaeological find regarding James! The find is very controversial.  However, the video is informative and will be a really fun and interesting way to introduce ourselves to this very important biblical writer!

So...I really hope as many of us can be at church on the 5th as possible!  Not only will it be interesting, but the video will be a great discussion starter and catalyst for a great learning experience in this wonderful little book of the Bible.

Again, I can't wait to get started!  See you THIS SUNDAY!