Jan 1, 2017
New Year’s Revolution
Many people make New Year's resolutions intending to live better, happier, healthier lives. But most of these resolutions are forgotten within a few months, weeks, or even days. While it is human nature to have good intentions, it is also human nature to resist change - even for the better. In this New Year's Day message, Pastor Mike unpacks James 4:13-17 to consider some simple resolutions that can cause a revolution in your daily life. By applying these truths we can have a daily measured life, a divinely managed life, and a diligently mastered life.
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  • Jan 1, 2017New Year’s Revolution
    Jan 1, 2017
    New Year’s Revolution
    Many people make New Year's resolutions intending to live better, happier, healthier lives. But most of these resolutions are forgotten within a few months, weeks, or even days. While it is human nature to have good intentions, it is also human nature to resist change - even for the better. In this New Year's Day message, Pastor Mike unpacks James 4:13-17 to consider some simple resolutions that can cause a revolution in your daily life. By applying these truths we can have a daily measured life, a divinely managed life, and a diligently mastered life.
  • Dec 25, 2016The Lyrics of Christmas: Simeon’s Song
    Dec 25, 2016
    The Lyrics of Christmas: Simeon’s Song
    When the time was right, Jesus' parents brought him to the temple. There they met a man named Simeon. He had been waiting to see the Messiah and had been promised that he would not die until he saw Him. When Simeon saw Jesus, he knew that the promise had been fulfilled.  His song reflects the joy of seeing the Lord's salvation.
     
    In this message, taken from Luke 2:22-38, Pastor Mike examines the dedication of the parents, the identification of the prophets, and the anticipation of the pain.
  • Dec 18, 2016The Lyrics of Christmas: The Angels’ Song
    Dec 18, 2016
    The Lyrics of Christmas: The Angels’ Song
    Birth announcements have changed over the years. But there are some things that are common to all birth announcements: the date, the place of birth, the name of the child. In Luke 2:8-14, we find a special birth announcement. Angels announced to shepherds the date ("this day"), the place of birth ("the city of David), and the name ("the Savior who is Christ, the Lord"). In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks these verses to find a proclamation and a celebration for God's glory and our peace.
  • Dec 11, 2016The Lyrics of Christmas: Zechariah’s Song
    Dec 11, 2016
    The Lyrics of Christmas: Zechariah’s Song
    In this second message from this series, Pastor Mike unpacks Luke 1:67-80, the prophecy of Zechariah following the birth of his son, John. Zechariah was a priest from the line of Abijah, who received the announcement that he and his wife would have a son even though they were both advanced in years and had no children. This miraculous child would be the forerunner of the coming Messiah. Through this message, Pastor Mike considers three couplets found in Zechariah's song: silence and solitude, curse and cure, Savior and song.
  • Dec 4, 2016The Lyrics of Christmas: Mary’s Song
    Dec 4, 2016
    The Lyrics of Christmas: Mary’s Song
    Music is closely associated with the Christmas season. There are many songs that bring memories of the holidays to mind.  This is the first of a series of Christmas messages that focus on four "songs" recorded in scripture.  This message looks at Mary's song from Luke 1:46-56. This song, known as the Magnificat, is a song of worship. Through this song we see Mary's attitude in worship, the object of her worship, and the reason for her worship.
  • Nov 20, 2016Thank You Notes: One Out of Ten
    Nov 20, 2016
    Thank You Notes: One Out of Ten
    Luke 17:11-19 tells the story of ten lepers who were healed by Jesus.  But even though ten were healed, only one came back to thank Jesus. How often do we receive blessings from God and fail to thank Him? In this message, Pastor Mike shows us a gratitude that was deserved, gratitude that was displayed, and gratitude that was deprived. It always brings joy to Jesus when we express thanks to Him. Are you like the nine, or like the one?
  • Nov 13, 2016Thank You Notes: Thanksgiving Is a Choice
    Nov 13, 2016
    Thank You Notes: Thanksgiving Is a Choice

    We are encouraged to count our blessings. But as we list the positives in our life, our attention is often drawn to the negatives. Then we begin to list and dwell on those challenges. It is difficult to be thankful while dwelling on the negatives.

    The book of Habakkuk is largely a lament. Habakkuk was having trouble understanding why God used a nation like the Chaldeans to bring judgement on Israel. But Habakkuk ends his lament with a song of praise. He understood that you cannot effectively worship God with an ungrateful heart. So he chose to be thankful.

    In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks Habakkuk 3:17-19 to show three things for which we can always be thankful:
    1. Thank God for His Unchanging Sovereignty.
    2. Thank God for His Unceasing Salvation
    3. Thank God for His Unlimited Strength
  • Nov 6, 2016The Red and The Blue
    Nov 6, 2016
    The Red and The Blue
    The colors red and blue, when included with the color white, are meant to unite Americans. However, during a political season, those colors serve to divide us. And this election has been more divisive in many ways than any other. As Christians, it is important for us to view everything through the lens of Scripture. In this stand-alone message, Pastor Mike looks at Titus 3:1-8 and Psalm 146 to help us keep politics in the proper perspective. We should be politically active without being a jerk, we should be politically active while voting biblical values. and we should be politically active without making it our idol.
  • Oct 30, 2016The Apostle Paul: Final Words from a Seasoned Saint
    Oct 30, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: Final Words from a Seasoned Saint
    Paul's second letter to Timothy was written during Paul's last days while in prison. As he was anticipating the end of his life, he wrote some last instructions to Timothy. This prison epistle rings with dungeon talk. Time was short, and Paul's instructions were urgent.
     
    In this final message of the series on The Apostle Paul, Pastor Mike gives an overview of Paul's instructions in 2 Timothy. He outlines a call to courageous living, a checklist for faithful service, a warning list for the difficult days, and an urgent charge to preach the word.
  • Oct 23, 2016The Apostle Paul: Paul the Preacher
    Oct 23, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: Paul the Preacher
    In Acts 13:13-52 we have the first recorded example of a sermon preached by the apostle Paul, as well as the response. Paul had a profound calling to preach the gospel, and he took that calling very seriously. He knew his audience, so he used Old Testament narratives to set the stage for proclaiming the gospel. His audience was experiencing a spiritual famine. They hungered for hearing God's word. Paul shared with them the spiritual food they needed.