Listen! Picking Favorites

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

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Listen! Watch Your Mouth

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-352kw-c2421c

James 3:1-18

“The Word of God is what/Who actually creates. And when God made us in His image, He gifted us with speech, too, just like Him. Powerful speech, just like His. So now that we ourselves are marred with sin, words don’t become less powerful, but they are a strength that has been corrupted, just like all our other strengths. If the Holy Word is the power to create, then our corrupted words have the power to destroy.”

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

Listen! What to Do When God Is Talking

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ma8my-c15d77

James 1:1-18

“There’s pattern that James has built into these verses which we can see if we look closely, which we might describe like this: When thisseemingly bad thing happens, God will give you thisgood thing out of it if you’re “listening” with trust. This is more than “everything happens for a reason” philosophy. This is a kind of crazy trust in God that leads to an attentiveness to Him withinespecially our most challenging situations. It’s a trust that says, ‘Whether God caused this situation or just allowed it, I know He is here with me and loves me and I am going to listen for the blessing He is speaking to me through it.’ This kind of listening to God through our circumstances almost never has anything to do with attaining ‘your best life now’ and almost always has something to do with becoming your best self over time—which is ‘a kind of first fruits of all He created.'”

Rev. Jennifer A G Layte

Ignorant New Englander

Dear Pleasant Woman on the Hotel Shuttle Returning Home to Seattle Yesterday Morning,

When I told you I had been to your fair city before, I was not lying–I actually spent four or five days there in 2012. So I apologize that immediately after telling you that, I proceeded to describe the time I visited Portland, by mistake. I do know the difference. Usually.

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Pro Tip

When you are staying in a hotel suite on someone else’s dime, and you are sautéing vegetables, and you like them to be a little charred for the sake of caramelisation…

…don’t forget that you are not at home and, should the smoke detector in your room go off, you will likely have two entities, both the hotel and the people who are paying for you to be there, if not also the fire department and some irritated fellow-guests, to answer to.

I was going to leave you all imagining that this actually happened, but it only almost did. That’s because I’m a pro at Jenn Stories by now. And so here is my tip. You’re welcome.

Listen! and Other Forms of Communication

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-x8zmc-c0a3c6

James 1:19-27

“When it comes to loving, one of the best ways is to communicate well. When it comes to communication, one of the best ways to start is to listen.”

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

Autofill

How does LinkedIn know that the correct response to “God is good” is “All the time”? 😳

Grace Anatomy: The Best Thing

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gp9ty-bf9f55

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“One day, Church, we will see Jesus face to face with nothing between us, and ironically that’s when we’ll be fully transformed into His mirror image. That’s when we will know Him and love Him with the complete and fulfilled love that He has always had for us.”

Laundry

You know you really let the laundry pile up when, literally every time you put away your clean clothes, there’s at least one item about which you think, “Nice! I forgot I had that!”

(Note: there are no obscure theological analogies intentionally underpinning this post. Although if you can come up with some, have at it.)

Grace Anatomy: All In This Together

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dsx9v-be0c6a

1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

NOTE:

This is a “family meeting” sort of sermon, and unfortunately our usual sound recorder was not available this Sunday. This left Pastor Jenn with the quandary of whether to leave this sermon off the podcast altogether, due to its congregation-specific nature, to upload a very echo-y and not always easy to understand recording from an iPhone which was positioned behind the speakers, or to re-record herself simply reading the sermon at a later date.

Although the sound quality is terrible, the option to share the live recording has been chosen, because the sermon itself is important to the life of our church, and something of the message will be lost in an after-the-fact read-through. That said, while as usual anyone is welcome to listen (or try to listen) to this message, if Central Baptist Church is not your home congregation, this one may be less apropos to you, and as it’s kind of a lot of work to understand what’s being said in some spots, you may quite understandably wish to excuse yourself from this “episode”! On the other hand, if Central Baptist is your home church, a listen is probably worth the effort.