Mar 15, 2015
A Fresh Start in Stewardship
Series: Fresh Start
Everything that we have is a gift from God: money, time, talents.  Stewardship is the use of God-given resources for the accomplishment of God-given goals. In this message, based on 2 Corinthians 9, Pastor Mike gives us 4 key principles for being good stewards: Learn to give abundantly, love to give cheerfully, look to give expectantly, and long to give faithfully.
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  • Mar 15, 2015A Fresh Start in Stewardship
    Mar 15, 2015
    A Fresh Start in Stewardship
    Series: Fresh Start
    Everything that we have is a gift from God: money, time, talents.  Stewardship is the use of God-given resources for the accomplishment of God-given goals. In this message, based on 2 Corinthians 9, Pastor Mike gives us 4 key principles for being good stewards: Learn to give abundantly, love to give cheerfully, look to give expectantly, and long to give faithfully.
  • Mar 8, 2015A Fresh Start in Witnessing
    Mar 8, 2015
    A Fresh Start in Witnessing
    Series: Fresh Start
    In a courtroom, when a witness is placed on the stand they can only state something they personally know to be true - something they have seen or experienced.  Jesus told his disciples they would be witnesses. They were to tell the world what they had seen and had learned from him.  We are also called to be witnesses. And although we have not seen him in person as the disciples did, we have experienced his life-changing power.  As witnesses for Christ, we must utilize the power of the Holy Spirit, emphasize the person of the Son, and mobilize the plan of Scripture.
  • Feb 15, 2015A Fresh Start in Service
    Feb 15, 2015
    A Fresh Start in Service
    Series: Fresh Start
    Serving is never considered optional in scripture.  Our service comes from hearts tuned to God and eyes that see others the way He sees them.  In this message from the Fresh Start series, Pastor Mike uses Luke 22:25-27 to explain the expectation of service, the preparation for service, and the motivation for service.
  • Feb 8, 2015A Fresh Start in Prayer
    Feb 8, 2015
    A Fresh Start in Prayer
    Series: Fresh Start
    Prayer is one of the main disciplines that a follower of Christ needs in order to grow to maturity.  In Luke 11:1-13, Jesus uses a "model prayer" to teach His disciples how to pray, then gives practical examples of the effectiveness of prayer.  In this passage we are taught to pray consistently, pray correctly, and pray continuously.
  • Jan 25, 2015A Glimpse of Grace
    Jan 25, 2015
    A Glimpse of Grace
    Series: Fresh Start
    Acts 9 contains the account of the conversion of Paul (then known as Saul).  It is a powerful testimony, but it is essentially the same for anyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ.  It is the story of someone realizing that he is a lost sinner in need of the grace of God.  In this chapter, we see Paul's life before he met Christ, his life unraveling in need of Christ, Paul being confronted by Christ, and his life after he met Christ.
  • Jan 18, 2015A Fresh Start with Your Bible
    Jan 18, 2015
    A Fresh Start with Your Bible
    Series: Fresh Start
    One of our core values is a reliance on biblical authority.   God's Word is our final authority in all matters. Yet only 35% of evangelical Christians read their Bible outside of a church service.  It's not enough to be under the Word, we must be in the Word.  In this message, taken from 2 Timothy 2:14-15 and Psalm 119, Pastor Mike encourages us to get into the Bible and get the Bible into us.
  • Jan 11, 2015No Limits
    Jan 11, 2015
    No Limits
    Ephesians 3:20-21 contains part of a prayer that Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus - that they would have strength to face the trials yet to come.  In this message, Pastor Mike draws from this verse to challenge First Baptist Van Alstyne as we move forward in the new year.  There will be victories to celebrate, challenges to face, and opportunities to embrace.  We have an enemy that doesn't want us to stay focused on the things that matter most, but we have a power that is working within us to do  far more than we could possibly imagine.
  • Dec 28, 2014A Brand New You
    Dec 28, 2014
    A Brand New You
    Series: Fresh Start
    When a new year begins, many people begin to look for a fresh start.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul states that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.  There is a fundamental change that takes place.  Anyone who comes to Christ for salvation gains a new position, a new personality, and a new potential.
  • Dec 14, 2014The Glory of Christmas
    Dec 14, 2014
    The Glory of Christmas
    An ordinary Joe - that's what Joseph was.  He was a simple carpenter; a working man. There are no words spoken by Joseph recorded in the Bible. However, actions speak louder than words and Joseph's actions tell much about the kind of man Joseph was.  In Matthew 1:18-25, Joseph is faced with a dilemma, he has a dream that reveals a tremendous truth, and he makes a decision that changes his life and allows him to see the glory of Christmas.
  • Dec 7, 2014The Greatness of Christmas
    Dec 7, 2014
    The Greatness of Christmas
    Have you ever stopped to think about how powerful are the words, "We're expecting?"  Everyone has a story about how they were born, but no one has a birth story quite like that of Jesus.  In this message, Pastor Mike relates Mary's reaction to the announcement that she was expecting. We see that Mary developed an awareness of God's presence, she devoted herself to God's plan, she delighted in God's power, and she depended on God's promises.