Shawn Stone is the executive pastor at Maranatha Chapel. He shares the Bible with inspirational and encouraging passion while breaking down the Bible's complexities into something everyone can understand. Use the dropdown menu to browse all of Shawn's series.
Shawn Stone, James 1:1-8, August 3, 2016
Problems are inevitable. James said to count it all joy when you fall into trials. Not IF but WHEN. All of us at sometime will face tests and trials. We have a hard time dealing with suffering. That's not fair! you say. Life is not fair. But problems h...
How to Win Against Temptation / Faith Works, August 17, 2016
Shawn Stone - August 17, 2016 - James 1:9-18
Am I destined to always struggle with this temptation? Accept responsibility. Acknowledge what is sin and face it. Then be ready to run from sin. Shift your focus. Run to the Lord. Though we fall, the righeous wil rise. Come to your Father. Let Hi...
People of the Word / Faith Works, James, August 24, 2016
Shawn Stone, James 1:17-27, August 24, 2016
We are excited to read the letter from James, becasue of who he was. The sign of a heart changed is the desire to have God tell you what to do. I must humbly accept the Word. I musy obediently act on the Word. I must look intently into the Word.
How to Know You Have Real Faith/ Faith Works, September 21, 2016
Shawn Stone, James 2:14-26, September 21, 2016
Real faith is more than what we claim. Real faith is more than what we think and feel. Real faith is alive toward others. Real faith is alive towards God. Apart from God, I was poor and needy. But when God welcomed me into His family, I began to...
The Power of Our Words / Faith Works, September 28, 2016
Shawn Stone - September 28, 2016 - James 3:1-12
The words that we speak have power over listeners. Words also have power over the speaker. "A man’s harmful speech will harm him" (Proverbs 12:13). Words have the power to redirect us. The tongue is like a rudder steering a ship. Words have the pow...
Shawn Stone - October 19, 2016 - James 3:13-17
Wisdom is not what you know. It's what you show. Wise people build trust. Wise people don't minimize others feelings. Rules without relationship results in rebellion.
Can't We All Just Get Along?/ Faith Works, October 26, 2016 - James 4:1-10
Shawn Stone - Can't We All Just Get Along?/ Faith Works, October 26, 2016 - James 4:1-10
What are causes and the cure for conflict? Conflict begins with distorted desires. The cure begins giving in to God. The real conflict is about who is in control of your life and as long as you are determined...
How to Face Our Future / Faith Works, November 2, 2016
Shawn Stone, James 4:13-17, November 2, 2016
Common mistakes we must avoid regarding our future: We leave God out of our decisions. "We should make plans counting on God todirect us" (Proverbs 16:9). Realize we live moment by moment according to God's grace and His gift of life. "When it is in y...
How To Be Wise With Your Wealth / Faith Works, November 16, 2016
Shawn Stone, November 16, 2016, James 5:1-6
How God views wealth: He doesn’t care about how much we have. He does care about how we get it and how we use it. God expects us to be generous and to be wise.
Prayer and Healing / Faith Works, December 7, 2016
Shawn Stone, December 7, 2016, James 5:13-20
The power of prayer -- the most powerful thing we can do is pray. The anointing with oil is used throughout Scripture. Oil is a picture of the Holy Spirit. When you come forward and put oil on someone, you are praying specifically for someone to have...