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Santa Barbara




SERMON SUMMARY: If we understand that God is in control of all things, how are we to make sense of being responsible for our lives and making plans for the future? Come this Sunday to hear what God’s word says from the book of James.




Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Proverbs 16:9

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.


James 4:13-17

13  Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.




God of grace,
we confess that we have elevated
the things of this world above you.

We have made idols of possessions and people
and used your name for causes
that are not consistent with you and your purposes.

We have permitted our schedules to come first
and have made plans for our life according to our own interests.

Lord, and giver of life,
Forgive us for living as if our plans are certain
and as if we control the future.
Help us to learn to follow you. Amen