It also recounts anecdotes, such as when a member was released from prison and crept into the property's surrounding woods to eavesdrop on meetings.In 2016, Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) asked the province's superior court to confiscate the "offence related property," which it also referred to as a bunker.The root cause of our quarrels and our fights with one another is self-gratification. And so, notice, it says, “And His grace is generous. Read the Bible a little bit, give a little bit of money.And just before he can break the ice, this cute, little girl who is the apple of his heart, that is his daughter, looks up to him and says, “Daddy? I have seen brothers and sisters, over menial, miniscule, crazy issues have such anger that they live in the same city, they don’t talk, they don’t visit, there’s a schism. I remember the story a few years ago as a grown man and his father were watching a football game and in between the halftimes, there was a debate about a quarterback and whether he should be able to renegotiate his contract before it was up. See, I think it would be unwise to talk about the four kinds of love, to talk about the barriers of love, to talk about communication, and then to talk about how to find the right person and keep love alive without just pausing to say James chapter 4, if you have your Bible you can open it. And it’s interesting, by chapter 4, he is talking, not in theory, but there are a lot of quarrels and fights and wars going on inside the early church. And instead of being our Father who we are dependent on, who wants to bless and help us and give us the deepest joy. This is what he calls them, “You adulterers.” He is talking to a church!When are you going to come back home and live with me and mommy? I have met people who have been in a small group for five to seven to ten years with other Christians, they loved each other, some gone on vacations with one another, and someone said something about someone that came to this and it grew and it grew and it grew. I have seen whole churches, literally, divide over crazy things. And they got in such a heated debate one of them ended up shooting the other. And what you are going to see in James chapter 4, this is the very first book of the New Testament written. And so he writes in verse 1 of chapter 4, “What causes wars and what causes fighting among you, these quarrels and fights? “You want,” or, “you lust what you don’t have so you scheme and you,” literally, “kill to get it. Jesus said, “I came that you could have life and have it abundantly.” He says we actually become an enemy of God. “Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God?And I don’t care how much money you could ever make, I don’t care how famous you could ever get, I don’t care what you could own, how many people would know your name, whatever is in your mind that would be the pinnacle of success, whether you could marry the right person, have untold wealth, go public, all your kids fulfill all your dreams – here’s what I can tell you: if you don’t have deep, loving relationships with the people who matter most, your life will be a tragedy. We used to love each other so much but we have just drifted apart and so, now, honey. And if the research is correct and I think it is, she won’t understand when she is eighteen, she probably won’t understand when she is twenty-eight or forty-eight or even sixty-eight. These little, tiny earrings need to be bigger ones that have bigger diamonds in them. And all those drives do damage to your relationships because you can’t run after all that stuff and have the kind of selfless, loving, loyal, deep intimate relationships that you want with a brother or a sister, with a mom, with a dad, with a boyfriend or girlfriend or a husband and a wife. It’s the lie that sensual pleasures will fill my inner longings for fulfillment, significance, and happiness.
And the answer is penetratingly simple and very painful. And when other people or circumstances or anything could threaten how you feel and what you want, we fight. And then, notice, “And He gives grace generously as the Scriptures say,” so grace is God giving us both the “want to” and the will to live our lives the way He wants us to so that it honors Him and really is for our good.Its Trois-Rivières location was torn down two years ago.The decision focuses on the period between July 1, 1994, and July 11, 2002, during which it says the Hells Angels waged a drug war to expand its reach in Quebec's trafficking market.He is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” So my selfish pride is the problem in relationships with God and with others, but God is gracious. The Old Testament picture of Israel is they were wedded to God who gave birth to this great nation called “Israel.” And when they would worship idols and take their children and throw them into the fire, and when they would get involved with the fertility gods and all manner of sexuality and they began to compromise, He told them: “You are committing spiritual adultery.” And James, being thoroughly Jewish, looking at this Early Church, seeing what his half-brother, Jesus, the Son of God, fully man, fully God, died, rose from the dead – he says, “He is our first love and you are living as though the world system is going to deliver.” Jesus said, “I came that you could have life and have it abundantly.” When you do that, here’s what God does. Some of us have, I think, completely missed the issue of sin. How many of you, let’s say you have a boyfriend, a girlfriend? In fact, I would like to limit my flirting at work to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and I would like to wear something semi-provocative to get a lot of attention.” So what would your response be?When it says, “He is opposed,” write above that: Now, I don’t know about you, but that is serious stuff. Sin, the word just literally means: Much of Christianity, quite honestly, has turned into behavior modification. I imagine a number of you either have been married or are married. “Oh, wow, it’s only three times instead of some people do ten times.