Aug 14, 2016
Listening & Hearing: A Forgiving Father
Jesus frequently taught in parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. The parable found in Luke 15:11-24 is commonly referred to as the Story of the Prodigal Son. But the story tells us more of the father's love than the son's sin. The story is about a certain man who had two sons.  In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks this story to show a father who is willing, waiting, and welcoming. And through this story, we see our heavenly Father and His amazing grace.
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  • Aug 14, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Forgiving Father
    Aug 14, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Forgiving Father
    Jesus frequently taught in parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. The parable found in Luke 15:11-24 is commonly referred to as the Story of the Prodigal Son. But the story tells us more of the father's love than the son's sin. The story is about a certain man who had two sons.  In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks this story to show a father who is willing, waiting, and welcoming. And through this story, we see our heavenly Father and His amazing grace.
  • Aug 7, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Bankrupt Rich Guy
    Aug 7, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Bankrupt Rich Guy
    In the 1980s there was a television show called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous which showcased the extravagant lifestyles of very wealthy people. But in Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells a cautionary tale about a man who was wealthy but was spiritually poor. A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. In the end, the success and selfishness of this man's life was overcome by the shortness of his life. This man was so poor that all he had was money.
  • Jul 24, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Pharisee with Clean Hands and a Dirty Heart
    Jul 24, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Pharisee with Clean Hands and a Dirty Heart
    Most of us do our best to make sure we are clean and presentable on the outside.  But what about inside? In this message, Pastor Mike looks at Luke 11:37-44 to show us a Pharisee who had clean hands but a dirty heart.  In this story we see a displeased Pharisee. Jesus was a guest in his home, but didn't observe the ritual cleansing that was traditional before a meal. We also see a disclosed Pharisee. He appeared to be one thing on the outside, but was actually something different on the inside. Finally, we see a discredited Pharisee. Jesus revealed how his desire to be admired by others was leading people away from God.
  • Jul 17, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Lawyer and His Neighbor
    Jul 17, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Lawyer and His Neighbor
    Who is your neighbor? Most of us would consider the people who live near us to be our neighbors. In Luke 10:25-37, a lawyer confronts Jesus with this question in the context of the command to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Jesus responds with what has become a well-known parable: the story of the Good Samaritan. In this story, the lawyer learns much about who he is as well as who his neighbor is. As Pastor Mike unpacks these verses in this week's message, we see neighborly love discussed, demonstrated, and directed.
  • Jul 3, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Man and His Freedom
    Jul 3, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Man and His Freedom
    The testimony of every believer has three common elements: your life before Jesus, how you met Jesus, and your life after meeting Jesus. In this message, Pastor Mike draws from Luke 8:26-39 to examine the testimony of a man as three scenes. In scene 1, when Jesus saw him, he was a filthy man. In scene 2, when Jesus saved him, he was a free man. In scene 3, when Jesus sent him, he was a faithful man. This man was bound physically and spiritually until he experienced God's amazing grace.
  • Jun 30, 2016Listening & Hearing: Zechariah
    Jun 30, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: Zechariah

    There are many personal stories in the Bible that challenge and inspire us.  In this series of stand-alone messages we are looking at the life and testimony of certain individuals throughout scripture.

    Luke tells us about a certain man named Zechariah. In this message, Pastor Mike unpacks Luke 1:5-25 to remind us of Zechariah's reputation of a walk with God, and his reaction to a word from God.
     
    This message was originally preached on January 24, 2016 at FBCVA.
  • Jun 26, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Centurion Who Had Great Faith
    Jun 26, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Centurion Who Had Great Faith
    There are several times in scripture when a certain someone receives the focus.  This series of stand-alone messages takes a look at these certain people.
     
    We can learn much by looking from three points of view: what others think of us, what we think of ourselves, and what God thinks of us. We cannot obsess over the opinion of others, but we need to be aware of how others see us. We need to be honest with ourselves also, because we can fool others and we can fool ourselves, but we cannot fool God. Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. In the case of the centurion mentioned in Luke 7:1-10, we see that others had a high opinion, he had a humble opinion, and God had a holy opinion.
  • Jun 19, 2016The Tough Dad Challenge
    Jun 19, 2016
    The Tough Dad Challenge
    Most men like a challenge. But the challenge of being a spiritual leader in the home is tough. God designed the family so that fathers are the spiritual leaders. In this Father's Day message, Pastor Mike examines Psalm 1:1-3 to challenge men to be the fathers that God designed them to be. He points out perils to avoid, priorities to set, and the prosperity that is promised. The world needs real men of God more today than ever before - men who are willing to accept the challenge.
  • Jun 12, 2016Difference Makers Are Cooperative
    Jun 12, 2016
    Difference Makers Are Cooperative
    In churches you will usually see two extremes of cooperation. Some people will cooperate with anyone, regardless whether they share the same beliefs or goals.  Some people will not cooperate with anyone at any time - ever.  For difference makers, being cooperative means "mutual assistance in working toward a common goal". In Acts chapters 15 and 16, we see the apostle Paul having a disagreement with Barnabas that temporarily ends their cooperation. However, we also see Paul joining with others to spread the gospel to more areas of the world.  In this final message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike points out the men who cooperated, the Macedonian call, and the multitudes who were converted.
  • Jun 5, 2016Difference Makers Live On Mission
    Jun 5, 2016
    Difference Makers Live On Mission
    In Acts 13 and 14 we have a record of the first missionary journey.  Today, we are still sending missionaries out into the world, but we cannot be content with just sending others out. Every heart with Christ is a missionary, and every heart without Christ is a mission field. We must each go and share the gospel, whether it is around the world, or across the street.  In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike shows what we can learn from this first missionary journey.  We see the character of the missionaries, the cities that were reached, and the churches that were established. Difference makers don't just go on mission trips, they live on mission - taking the gospel with them wherever they go.