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.
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  • 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.
  • Oct 16, 2016The Apostle Paul: This Isn’t Easy
    Oct 16, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: This Isn’t Easy
    Many of us set goals for our lives They may be short term or long term, but they are meant to push us to do and be more. Sports teams get together in the off-season to set goals for the next year. These goals are meant to improve the team and stretch them in some way. Achieving higher goals is not easy.. There will be obstacles along the way. The task to which Paul and Barnabas were called was not easy.. But they continued on by trusting in the Lord.
  • Oct 9, 2016The Apostle Paul: Here’s Your Itinerary
    Oct 9, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: Here’s Your Itinerary

    When taking a trip, some like to plan things out in advance and stick to the itinerary.  Others prefer to just go and be spontaneous. If you are traveling to an unfamiliar place or to another country, it is beneficial to have a guide who knows where to go and what to see. As we go through life, we could just be spontaneous. Or we could follow our Guide. However, God doesn't give us the itinerary all at once. We have to follow Him each step of the way and trust His plan in each situation.

  • Oct 2, 2016The Apostle Paul: The Blessing of Suffering
    Oct 2, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: The Blessing of Suffering
    Everyone has scars and those scars usually have stories attached to them. Sometimes they are the result of accidents or surgeries. Sometimes they are the result of our own foolishness. Often scars are a reminder of pain. When we have to endure suffering, we wonder what we did to deserve it. But many times, our suffering is not a result of anything we did. God allows us to go through difficult times to help us learn more about ourselves and more about Him. God's love for us is not a pampering love - it is a perfecting love. In this message based on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Pastor Mike unpacks Paul's theology of suffering, and teaches about the purpose of suffering.
  • Sep 25, 2016The Apostle Paul: Time for a Comeback
    Sep 25, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: Time for a Comeback
    In Acts 11, the church is experiencing a period of growth. Saul (who would later change his name to Paul) had been in Tarsus for a number of years. It was a difficult time for Saul. Although he had seen Jesus and had a miraculous transformation in his life, he was mistrusted by other believers and hated by the Jews. But God was using this time to prepare Saul for the ministry that lay ahead. As the early church expanded across the known world, a different approach would be needed to spread the gospel. Barnabas and Saul would be used by God to begin these new missions efforts.
  • Sep 18, 2016The Apostle Paul: A Whole New Identity
    Sep 18, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: A Whole New Identity
    In today's world, we take identity very seriously. Identity theft is something many people are concerned about. There have even been some strange cases of mistaken identity. When the Apostle Paul found Christ, he also received a whole new identity. Coming to terms with this created some problems. But he discovered, as we all must, that his identity was not defined by what he had done, but by whose he was.
  • Sep 11, 2016The Apostle Paul: From Terrorist to Treasure
    Sep 11, 2016
    The Apostle Paul: From Terrorist to Treasure
    This message is the first in a new series from the book of Acts that looks at the apostle Paul's life and ministry. Pastor Mike unpacks Acts 9:1-22 to show how Saul, a Pharisee of Pharisees and persecutor of Christians, encounters Jesus and begins a new life and ministry. Saul changes from a persecutor of believers to a preacher of the gospel. He is transformed from a terrorist to a treasure of the early church.
  • Sep 4, 2016Listening & Hearing: A Blind Man Who Received Saving Sight
    Sep 4, 2016
    Listening & Hearing: A Blind Man Who Received Saving Sight
    Blindness is an all-too-common condition in the world today. In Jesus' time, it was even more so. Sand, sun glare, lack of hygiene and medical care all contributed to blindness in many people. But in Luke 18:35-43, this particular blind man cried out to Jesus. His sight was restored, but more than that, his faith opened his spiritual eyes.