I’m the Youth Director for this church, and two others. I am more nervous than I ever am preaching now because Rebecca is our Pastor- with a- PHD in all John Wesley and other incredible things and her husband who knows about 400 languages! The bar is set high! My own style is a lot more about personal experience and how God speaks to me through it and scripture.
Praise God! I am hopeful, because we're still here, and we're aiming first to be rich in faith and we "have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful." [James 5:11] God is good!
To have the wisdom from above, like Jesus, you don't need very many words. If you suddenly woke up in a foreign country where you couldn't speak the language, there'd only be a few words you'd need to learn to have a perfectly good life. And these words are: "Thank you"; "I'm sorry"; and "I love you." That about covers it. "Thank you"; "I'm sorry"; "I love you." With these words, it's impossible to start fires we can't put out, or build walls we can't tear down, or cause wounds we can't bind up.
The Letter of James has some harsh words of warning, and I get the same feeling reading it that I often do reading the letters of Paul. I get the feeling that the early Christians were a bunch of adolescents. Think about it. Having new-found freedom in Christ, they were only too happy to use it, and couldn't help abusing it. So, maybe if we connect with our inner-adolescent today, we can better hear what James has to say. See also: James 2:12-13