"The Power of Pentecost" preached September 20, 2009:
Be patient as the sound quality wavers a little the first couple of minutes.
You can also read the text at www.james-dave.com/pentecost.doc
I hope you all enjoy these, and have a wonderful Christmas!
Humor and the Bible/The Glory of God -Preached November 16, 2008 http://www.james-dave.com/humorglory.mp3
Faces of Christmas-Preached December 7, 2008 (Intro and closing comments from Pastor Larry Keith) http://www.james-dave.com/facesofchristmas.mp3
After 10 fruitful years of internet ministry, I am happy to announce that our site has been given a long overdue update! The site still has all of the great features you enjoyed before, but it is now more use friendly and easier to navigate than ever! Please drop us a line at http://www.james-dave.com/
Also, if you haven't visited us in a while, you will notice a number of newer resources. Among them:
A new section of Audio sermons and teachings on a wide variety of topics: http://www.james-dave.com/audio.html
Your Bible questions explored on our Bible FAQ page:http://www.james-dave.com/biblefaq.html
Our Bible articles now number over 50: http://www.james-dave.com/infoe.html
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Last week, I experienced the fulfillment of a dream I have had for over 20 years: I am now officially a licenced and ordained minister! So if you need anyone to perform a wedding, baptism or funeral, I'm legal :-)
Seriously, though, this is one of the greatest honors of my life, and one that I take very, very seriously. I have felt the calling on my life for a long time, but when I tried to pursue it before, the door closed. In hindsight, it was just as well because I wasn't ready. If I had managed to go into ministry back then, I would have fallen flat on my face. After a great deal of struggle, I put it to rest, deciding that I would be content to serve God as a layman. I told Him that if He wanted me in the ministry, He would have to be the One who brought it up. For several years, that was how things went. But then...
Things seemed to happen one after the other to show me that God was taking my life in a new direction. He opened up many new relationships, especially with my pastors, Larry and Diane Keith, and new opportunities, such as teaching classes for the Bible Training Center at church. Over time, I would hear things through prophetic words, as well as personal conversations that confirmed things verbatim that I had prayed about for years. When Pastor Keith made the offer for me to be ordained, I had peace in my heart that the time was right.
The initial service took place at Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield, Michigan (http://www.woficc.com/). That place is amazing! It says a lot for the church when you can walk into a place filled with people you've never met, and to immediately feel you are with family. The worship was awesome! It was their annual convention and they had a number of prominant speakers including John Hagee, Joyce Meyer and the Copelands. The ordination was on Thurday night, presided over by Bishop Keith Butler, the church's senior pastor and overseeing bishop over the network of churches which my home church is affiliated with. There must have been 50-100 people ordained from churches all over the world. In last Sunday morning's service, Pastor Keith performed a "miniature" version of the ordination for our home church as well. It was a remarkable experience.
I'm so excited to be serving in this capacity, but I know full well that I have accepted an enormous responsibility. To step into ministry is to step onto very holy ground. Prayers are greatly appreciated, and I'll keep you posted!
|» NEW! Audio Bible Studies on James & Dave's Bible Page|
I am happy to announce that James and Dave's Bible Page now features MP3 audio teaching! They are mostly the messages I taught at the Bible Training Center last fall, and can be found at http://www.james-dave.com/audio |
Please check them out and help us spread the word!
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As some of you may know, Sandi and I lost our unborn baby daughter, Bella, to a rare chromasomal disorder called Patau Syndrome, or trisomy 13. This past December, we found out that we were expecting again a year to the day that we found out she was pregnant with Bella. For obvious reasons, I don't believe this was a coincidence.|
Last week, we went for the baby's Nuchal Fold test, which screens for chromasome-related defects. This was the test that first revealed that there were problems with Bella. Going into that lab was a really surreal experience, as the last time I was there was the time they told us that Bella had no heartbeat.
The good news is that this time, everything was exacty as it was supposed to be! The fluid sac on the back of the neck (which is the focus of the test) was around 1.4 cm (Bella's was over 4). The baby is currently about two inches long, and the heartbeat is around 166 beats per minute, all well within the normal range.
On a lighter note, the tech asked us which one of us the baby looked like, and Sandi replied "It doesnt have any hair, so it looks like him" :-)
For those of you who are so inclined, continued prayers are greatly appreciated. I'll keep you posted!
|» A Wonderful Christmas Gift|
This photo pretty well says it all...|
Last Friday night, I was just sitting around watching TV. Sandi casually got up to go to the bathroom, then suddenly said "James, could you come in here?" When I got there, she said "Do you see what I see?" Sure enough, there was the big blue "plus" sign! After two more trips to the store to get other tests, the positive was confirmed six times, then "officially" by her doctor today!
What is eve more remarkable is that, after our most recent unsuccessful attempt, she had stopped taking her fertility medicine. Her doctors had said that conception would be next to impossible without them, especially at her age. Of course, God obviously has other plans! Plus, it was exactly a year to the date that we found out that she was pregnant with Bella.
Thanks so much to all who prayed, and please keep it up!
|» From Sandi and James-Bella Has Passed|
This is not the update I wanted to write after today's doctor visit, but . . . |
Our angel-baby has flown. Sometime within the last few days, Faith Isabella decided this world was not for her and returned to God.
We are waiting for the doctor's office to call back and let us know about starting the procedure to induce labor - they won't give me a c-section unless the labor induction doesn't work. It is major abdominal surgery, after all, and since there is obviously no danger to the baby, it's considered too risky for me.
At this time we don't have any arrangements for the funeral, although we are sure that we will be having one. She was here, she mattered, and I want her remembered. She drew the whole world together in prayer, and people who have lived for decades can't say they have done something that wonderful in their lives! How awesome is God that He let her accomplish so much, in so little time!
At this point we vary between numb and hysterical, with a short sidetrip to laughter now and then due to some of the medical stuff they have to do to induce the labor. Please keep us in your prayers. Although we knew the predicted outcome, we just weren't prepared for it.
I will post again when we know more about the timeline. My most fervent wish is that all who can come to her funeral do so - please, I need to see how many people she impacted, to know for sure that she was here for a reason, and that she accomplished something wonderful.
Thank you so much for all your prayers, thoughts, hopes and wishes. You will never know how much strength you gave us, and how much we appreciate all of you.
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News - good and not great, but not really bad.|
Not great but not really bad - I had to postpone my next doctor appointment until Monday the 30th, due to the boss and the other loan officers being out of the office all day. So, not great news, but not bad either. Just a postponement. The next appoinment will be a big long one, as they are doing another anatomy scan to see how Bella is progressing, and to see if they can get a better look at her heart and other organs and fingers and toes. Which leads me to the good news . . .
Either I have swallowed a passel of Mexican jumping beans, or this baby is moving moving moving! She kept me up most of last Friday night, because I didn't want to go to sleep and miss feeling her moving. And Saturday evening, apparently she had some music going on in her head that required foot tapping.
So, don't worry about not hearing from us on Thursday - we'll just have to wait to Monday to get an update this time!
Thanks for thinking, hoping and praying. Keep it up!
Sandi, James, Neely, Zoe, and our Bella