Jan 30, 2017
Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Pergamum, Don’t Compromise the Truth
In most churches there seems to be two groups of people: the complacent and the committed. There were many in Pergamum who were committed. They held on to the name of Jesus and did not deny the truth. There were some, however who were complacent. Jesus condemned their willingness to compromise the truth. In this letter, Jesus condemned their willingness to allow worldliness into the church and he commanded them to remove it.
 
This message was presented at FBCVA on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
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  • Jan 30, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Pergamum, Don’t Compromise the Truth
    Jan 30, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Pergamum, Don’t Compromise the Truth
    In most churches there seems to be two groups of people: the complacent and the committed. There were many in Pergamum who were committed. They held on to the name of Jesus and did not deny the truth. There were some, however who were complacent. Jesus condemned their willingness to compromise the truth. In this letter, Jesus condemned their willingness to allow worldliness into the church and he commanded them to remove it.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
  • Jan 15, 2017Seven Letters: Seven Churches: Dear Smyrna, Keep On Keeping On
    Jan 15, 2017
    Seven Letters: Seven Churches: Dear Smyrna, Keep On Keeping On
    Tertullian, an early Christian theologian. gave us this quote: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." The full quote, found in a letter to Roman officials in defense of the Church reads: "We multiply when we are mowed down by you. The blood of Christians is seed." Persecution against Christians is not just part of history. More people are losing their lives for the sake of the gospel today than at any time in recent history. We need to see what the Bible has to say to those enduring extreme persecution. In Revelation 2:8-11, Jesus gives us His letter to the church at Smyrna. The church in Smyrna was experiencing persecution and needed an encouraging word. In this passage, we see the church's reproach for Christ, the church's riches in Christ, and the church's reward from Christ.
  • Jan 8, 2017Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Ephesus, The Honeymoon Is Over
    Jan 8, 2017
    Seven Letters, Seven Churches: Dear Ephesus, The Honeymoon Is Over
    In this first sermon from the  Seven Letters, Seven Churches series, Pastor Mike begins with an overview of the Revelation of Jesus. The revelation was intended to reveal truth to the church. Most of the New Testament consists of letters written to churches by Paul, Peter, James, and others. But the letters in Revelation were written to the churches by Jesus. In each of these letters we find the Lord saying "I know …"  He knows everything about us. He knows what we are doing and what we are not doing. What would you want Him to say about your church? What would you want Him to say about you?
     
    In the letter to the church in Ephesus, we see the daily life of the church, the dying love of the church, and the devastating loss of the church.
  • 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