Sep 6, 2015
Building a Spiritual House
In scripture, the word "house" is often used to refer to the temple or tabernacle.  In 1 Peter 2:4-8, Peter uses it to describe both the church and individual believers.  We are being built into a spiritual house with Christ as the cornerstone.  As we align our lives with Christ, our spiritual house will be steady and strong.  We do this by giving God ourselves, giving Him our praise, and giving others our compassion.
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  • Sep 6, 2015Building a Spiritual House
    Sep 6, 2015
    Building a Spiritual House
    In scripture, the word "house" is often used to refer to the temple or tabernacle.  In 1 Peter 2:4-8, Peter uses it to describe both the church and individual believers.  We are being built into a spiritual house with Christ as the cornerstone.  As we align our lives with Christ, our spiritual house will be steady and strong.  We do this by giving God ourselves, giving Him our praise, and giving others our compassion.
  • Aug 30, 2015Hungry for the Word
    Aug 30, 2015
    Hungry for the Word
    Do you hunger for the Word of God?  A baby longs for the milk that will fill the emptiness inside and nourish him.  Peter's statement, "long for the pure spiritual milk" is not a request - it is an imperative.  If we have experienced God and eliminated the congestion that distracts us, we will crave the pure spiritual milk of the Word. And when we eat healthy we will experience growth in our spiritual lives.
  • Aug 23, 2015Love Like an Alien
    Aug 23, 2015
    Love Like an Alien
    Jesus said that the world would know we are his disciples by our love for one another.  But this love is more than just a brotherly love.  It is a godly love.  Peter reminds his readers that believers are to love one another from a pure heart. He emphasizes the importance of purity and obedience leading to brotherly love which develops into a selfless love.
  • Aug 9, 2015The Fear Factor
    Aug 9, 2015
    The Fear Factor
    What does it mean to fear God?  Are we supposed to be afraid of God, or just approach Him with a sense of awe or holy reverence? In this massage from the Embassy Living series, Pastor Mike explains Peter's admonishment to the early church to "conduct yourselves with fear," and reminds us why we should fear God: because of the consequences of sin and because of the cost of salvation.
  • Aug 2, 2015Get Your Heart Right
    Aug 2, 2015
    Get Your Heart Right

    Peter again reminds the church that we are not of this world.  Just as God is holy, we are to be holy, set apart for God's purpose and His glory.  Yet we are surrounded by media that sends us mixed messages, and sometimes even lies. How do we prepare ourselves to live as aliens in this strange land? We buckle up - preparing our minds for action; and we wake up - being sober-minded.

  • Jul 26, 2015Truths About Our Inheritance
    Jul 26, 2015
    Truths About Our Inheritance
    In 1 Peter 1:3-12, the early church was reminded that although their earthly possessions may have been taken, they have an inheritance in heaven that cannot be taken away. The inheritance that Peter is writing about is not physical in nature, it is spiritual - imperishable, unfading, eternal. In Jesus we have a living hope: the eager, confident expectation of the life to come. This inheritance is to be remembered with joy; it is being refined by fire; and it was regarded by prophets and angels.
  • Jul 19, 2015I’ll Need to See Some ID, Please
    Jul 19, 2015
    I’ll Need to See Some ID, Please
    The book of 1 Peter was written to the early Church in the midst of persecution.  They were scattered throughout different regions and fearful.  In this first message in the series titled, Embassy Living, Pastor Mike relates Peter's encouragement to the Church.  Christians are chosen by God, aliens in the world, known by the Father, and being changed by the Spirit.
  • Jul 12, 2015Judas Iscariot – So Close But So Far Away
    Jul 12, 2015
    Judas Iscariot – So Close But So Far Away
    Series: Follow Me
    We can learn much from the disciples by looking at their failures as well as their successes.  Judas Iscariot was chosen by Jesus to be one of the twelve, but he had the biggest failure of them all. Looking at Matthew 26:47-49 and 27:3-5, Pastor Mike shows us some things we can learn about Judas Iscariot, but more importantly things we can learn from him.
  • Jul 5, 2015Judas (not Iscariot) – The Disciple Who Asked a Great Question
    Jul 5, 2015
    Judas (not Iscariot) – The Disciple Who Asked a Great Question
    Series: Follow Me
    Teachers will often say that there are no dumb questions.  But some questions are better than others.   Judas (not Iscariot) asks a great question:  How is it that Jesus will manifest Himself to His followers and not to the world?  In essence, how will we know that our relationship with Jesus is a reality?   The reality of a relationship with God is found in the indwelling Holy Spirit. In this message from John 14:21-26, Pastor Mike points out what Judas learned from Jesus' answer to his question - he learned about the Person, the Purpose, and the Power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Jun 28, 2015Simon the Zealot – Man on Fire
    Jun 28, 2015
    Simon the Zealot – Man on Fire
    Series: Follow Me
    Simon was known as "the Zealot." More than just being zealous, he was a member of a political faction known for being  ultra-conservative and very militaristic. They were considered radicals. Being known as a Zealot was not considered a compliment. Yet even though Simon was fired up for God and Country, and for his cause, he was called to be a disciple of Jesus. Ultimately, he was fired up for the glory of Christ.