A Faith That Works


The Book of James is a powerful and intensely practical how-to manual for the Christian life. In this short letter, we learn how God has equipped us to face anything that comes our way with purpose, confidence, courage and hope.

Faith for the Real World

Week 1 Message • February 2, 2020 • Rusty Coram

The early followers of Jesus faced trouble, persecution and suffering. This letter contains truths that strengthened and sustained them. While times are very different, these very same truths can speak to us today!

Here Comes Trouble

Week 2 Message • February 9, 2020 • Rusty Coram

Trouble will be part of our lives until history wraps up or we die. James’ letter gives us the tools we need to find joy, rather than being derailed by trouble each and every time it arrives.

Finding Strength

Week 3 Message • February 16, 2020 • Rusty Coram

Temptation is something we all face and many of us struggle with in one form or another. There are deliberate steps we can take to help ourselves and others. As our faith is strengthened by endurance, we gain the self-control to remain strong.

A New Operating System

Week 4 Message • February 23, 2020 • Rusty Coram

You can’t just read a how-to guide to fix a problem. You have to follow the steps and put in the work. The same is very true for our Spiritual lives. Don’t just read the Bible – do what it says. Staying humble and focusing on God can help temper our anger and other character struggles.

The Same But Different

Week 5 Message • March 1, 2020 • Rusty Coram

God hates prejudice and His love knows no partiality. Quite the opposite is true. God rejoices in our uniqueness – He created us that way! We are to love others with the same appreciation and goodness that God loves us.

Taming Our Tongues

Week 6 Message • March 8, 2020 • Rusty Coram

Words really matter. We can ask forgiveness for the hurtful things we say, but we can never take them back. At the same time, we can choose to speak love and life into people and circumstances. We have to make it a habit to think before we speak.

Swallow Your Pride

Week 7 Message • March 15, 2020 • Rusty Coram

Pride can be a good thing, but it can also be very dangerous when we allow it to control our lives with judgment and selfishness. Approaching God in faith and humility will help cure worldliness in us.

How to Measure Success

Week 8 Message • March 22, 2020 • Rusty Coram

Success is a very subjective thing. Together, we could easily make a long list of attributes and possessions that are evident in a “successful” person. Learning the difference between what’s temporary and what really matters in God’s eyes is crucial for us.

Patience and Perspective

Week 9 Message • March 29, 2020 • Rusty Coram

If there’s one thing we’re really good at, especially as Americans, it’s complaining when things don’t go our way. Seeing the world through another set of eyes and experiences can be life-altering. It’s a great way to level set our own expectations. Perspective is key!

We’re in This Together

Week 10 Message • April 5, 2020 • Rusty Coram

God cares for us in many ways. Both by His power and through the body of Christ. We’re all unique creations who together can be a powerful force for good. It’s mission critical that we continually reach out to Him in prayer - as a team and on our own.