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#11 Maybe God Can

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I - am uncomfortable with this passage

Often in the church we present the bible as a book of answers. And as long as you only read devotionals that draw from it, or hear sermons about it. As long as you let someone else read it too you it can work that way.
Read it:
But as soon as you actually start reading it it rapidly becomes clear that it is not some nice answerbook that fell out of the sky. In fact it is filled with questions.
As we have been reading James...
I have been chewing on this part of James all week and I am having a hard time swallowing it. (talk a bit)
I have been chewing on this part of James all week and I am having a hard time swallowing it.
Read it and comment.
When I read this...
I think about...
TV faith healers swindling old ladies
Faithful, righteous people, who prayed for healing but were not healed.
Righteous people I know that are praying in faith for things that are not happening. Or at least not yet happening.
People who have walked away from faith because someone claimed their illness was due to sin or a lack of faith.
But there is more to it than that...

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Y - I bet you are too

TRANSITION: But I’ll bet there is more to it than that for most of us. I think the kind of prayer described here pushes us out of our comfort zone because it challenges two ways of thinking about faith we often fall into.
I think the kind of prayer described here

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TRANSITION: If the bible never makes you uncomfortable, you are not really reading it. So lets take James on its own terms, chew on it a little more, and see what he was trying to say, and yes what it may be trying to say to us, challenge and all.
Our Discomfort With this passage

Y - For us it starts with saying, “Maybe God can?”

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