https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-aknjv-c87869

James 5:7-11

James believed Jesus was coming back. He knew that people waited for centuries for Jesus to show up the first time. Jesus’ return is a certain thing, but what is also certain is that no one knew then, and no one knows now, exactly when it will be. And the other certain thing is that waiting for Jesus to return and finally set everything right and fulfill completely the Kingdom He set in motion through His people, the Church, requires patience. And the patience that’s required as we wait for our King to come and rule in person, is the same patience that we need to have with ourselves and each other as we wait for the King to have more complete rule over our own individual lives.

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-swqrd-c762ee

James 3:13-18

“Basically, when you boil it all down, we have communication problems. Which lead to all the other problems. Forget about first-world problems. These are just plain world-problems. And they happen, James says, when we get our “wisdoms” mixed up—trying to bring kingdom-of-the-world wisdom into the Kingdom of God. You can tell the difference, James says, by humility.”

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6n38j-c41343

James 2:14-26

“our message is that God came to earth, lived with us, died for us, and came back to life, in order to reconcile all things. Jesus died to save us from our sins, and our sins (and everybody else’s sins) have caused conflict and outright separation—between us and God, between us and each other, between us and creation, and even within our own selves. Jesus came to take care of the debt we owed. That debt was a splintering of His good creation, so the salvation, the rescue, that comes from His bearing the brunt of it all and forgiving us, is not just heaven or some other reward sometime later. Salvation isthat eventually all things will be reconciled, mended, brought back together in unity in Jesus Christ the way God always intended. And so of course our faith and our deeds must be reconciled, too! Because the Christian message is reconciliation, Christian faith and Christian action can’t be two separate things.”

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ixp3w-c3286d

James 2:1-13

The Kingdom of God looks upside-down to the kingdom outside it. In the Kingdom of God, it’s the poor who are the ones cherished by God, who are courted by Him, who are to be the leaders, who are to receive special honor, because when we don’t have money, we don’t have this other wannabe king getting in our way, trying to distract us from the real one. When we find ourselves lacking in material possessions, we become rich in faith because we can’t rely on anything or anyone but God to help us do what we need to do. And when we learn to live like that, then when money comes our way, it’s easier to resist its lordship and just treat it as the tool or resource from God that it is, not something that gives us our meaning and purpose, not something that dictates how we communicate or who we honor, not something that drives us or a goal that we run to.”

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mrryt-bcea7c

Acts 3:1-21

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“A truly ‘saved soul’ will look different—not only by telling people they’re sinners who need Jesus to escape Hell, but by reflecting a different way of viewing and responding to the world—a restorative, reconciling, life-giving way. The gospel is not summed up by the Four Spiritual Laws, helpful as those may sometimes be, but was summed up by Jesus Himself to the crowds: ‘Repent [turn from your old life and trust in Jesus], for the Kingdom of God is at hand [live like you have a different King]!'”

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gkndj-bb30fa

Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“This week I’ve been reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples that everyone would know they were His because of how they love each other. Usually when I think about that verse, I roll my eyes and say to myself, ‘Yeah, right. We’re so great at that.’ I think about this a lot in connection with that verse about everyone knowing who Jesus’ people are because they love each other. But this week that verse was presented to me a little differently—not as a description of what is but of what mustbe, almost like a command. Like, You will love each other, so the world will know the only possible way that could happen is because you’re My disciples.'”