Listen to AUDIO while reading TRANSCRIPTION BELOW:
Pastor Dan: “I love that video, not only because it introduces our topic of prayer today but also because also reminds me of the first time I ever prayed out loud in front of other people… I was going into my senior year of high school when someone invited me to attend a Bible Study… and I thought I’d give it a shot.
Opens with a very humorous “tongue-in-cheek” video of the exact opposite of what kind of people will be in heaven
Pastor Dan’s Audio Message:
Verbatim Transcription – Pastor Dan Borgelt
“You all didn’t laugh for the first 10 seconds… and I was really worried, like what if I stand up there and no one got it was a joke (LAUGHTER). That was a joke just in case you were wondering; and if you’re new to the church maybe you think that’s right, ya know. It does remind us that churches don’t always act the way that they’re supposed to doesn’t it.
The other day I was reminded of just how many people out there are looking for a reason to write off the church or justify the fact that they’ve ALREADY written off the church. I got a call from a relative; and just in case this relative ever happens to listen to this message on the internet or something…
Message opens with Dick Van Dyke videoclip where every time Buddy insults Mel he must pay money which will be donated to help cure mental health (very funny)
Taming The Tongue AUDIO – James 3:1-17
Pastor Dan Borgelt: “I love that video because it illustrates our topic today of “Taming the Tongue”. Just how difficult it is to tame the tongue… here’s this guy he’s having such a difficult time insulting those around him they have to set up a system for him where he as to pay money every time he says an insulting word to someone else. I also like the video because it reminds me of what someone once told me when it came to the topic of ‘taming the tongue’
“People are like bank accounts and when you say something positive to someone it’s like making a deposit. And when you say something negative to someone it’s like making a withdrawal. And your job is to keep a positive balance with everyone you come in contact with.”
So I want to ask you, with whom are you over withdrawn?
We continue through our series in the Book of James… we’re going to be walking through this book right on up to our time in Easter together. We’re introduced in this video to 3 words: FAITH, SALVATION and WORKS. If you’re not familiar with one or all of those terms, no problem, we’re hoping our time together will shed some light on those terms, “faith, salvation and works”; but if you are familiar with those terms there’s a good chance you’re also familiar with the debate that centers around these three words through the video.
The idea of what order do these 3 words properly appear when it comes to understanding our salvation; and many of you understand that the debate lies within two familiar terms to most of us in this room… the term PROTESTANT, and the term CATHOLIC.
TRANSCRIPTION: Pastor Dan: “As a pastor I’ve had the opportunity to do many weddings; in fact in my seven years in Minnesota I went through this season where I was getting an unusual number of calls and for a while it kinda got to my head. I thought to myself, “Hey, I must be doing pretty well at weddings… ” then I found out I was the cheapest pastor in the community (laughter). So we raised our prices and the calls stopped coming in.
The trend today is for people to write their own vows; some are cool, but I prefer the traditional ones because the current ones seem to be “less committal”. However the traditional ones are not without criticism. Take the most famous line from traditional wedding vows, “For richer or for poorer”. What do we mean by this? It sounds kinda nice and sweet like we’re saying to someone, “I’m going to love you no matter what”. But the fact that we actually have to say that sort of implies something about the condition of our hearts.