Wow tim, thats really amazing, and so true. one thing that has always amazed me, is how non-believers can tend to act more christian than christians do a lot of the time. but i would say that more of adhering to a culture (i know at least here in australia) that was formed on the church and christian values.
So the after update is: It went really well. Thankyou so much for all your prayers, God really moved in me and helped to to bring a great message. I feel i presented it the best i could do as a first time speaker, there were a few places where i muddled up and got ahead of myself, but im putting it all down to needing practice practice practice and only having 3 days to prepare.
the basic premise is kinda what, you tim, were say. That James is saying that our faith without Works is dead and that God was to show us to be right in him to other people through those actions. That We as christians should be the light of the world, thus, instead of following the cultural norms about us we should be setting the standards through our actions and not just our words.
So was extremely buzzed by the whole experience and cant wait to do it again. Most defiantly going to do some sort of podcasting now, i dont care if nobody listens, itll be more for my own practice and learnging to speak. Any suggestions on software etc.....actually i might go make this subject a tread that more related. ^_^
but again thanks so for all your input, it all really helped.