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.
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  • 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.
  • May 29, 2016Difference Makers Value Prayer
    May 29, 2016
    Difference Makers Value Prayer
    For believers, prayer should be as natural and necessary as breathing.  Yet many of us treat prayer as a tool to be taken out and used as needed, then put back in the box. In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike unpacks Acts 12:1-19 to show us the value of praying diligently and continually. As the church in this passage is meeting to pray we see the reason for their prayers, God's response to their prayers, and the results of their prayers.
  • May 22, 2016Difference Makers Are Encouraging
    May 22, 2016
    Difference Makers Are Encouraging
    Many of us have nicknames, some of which are not very flattering.  But one early believer named Joseph was given a nickname that reflected his character - Barnabas, which means Son of Encouragement.  In Acts 11, the early church was in need of encouragement. The place of encouragement was Antioch. Persecuted believers had settled there and many Greeks believed in Jesus through their witness.  The person of encouragement was Barnabas. He was sent to Antioch by the church in Jerusalem to encourage them to remain steadfast in their faith.  And the product of encouragement was the spread of the gospel message.
  • May 15, 2016Difference Makers Are All In
    May 15, 2016
    Difference Makers Are All In
    Are you all in for the cause of Christ? Most of us will claim to be all in, but when trouble comes we are out. Many will be partially in - willing to give some of themselves, but not all.  To be all in we need to stay in. In Acts 6 and 7, Stephen was all in.  He put everything on the line to proclaim the gospel.  In this message, Pastor Mike examines this passage to show four lessons we can learn from Stephen.  We see the character of Stephen, the contradiction of the crowd, the content of Stephen's message, and the conclusion of the meeting.
  • May 8, 2016Difference Makers Value Teamwork
    May 8, 2016
    Difference Makers Value Teamwork
    By the time we come to Acts 6, the early church had grown significantly. They had faced opposition from outside, but now they were facing a new challenge - a challenge from within.  Most churches have people who are servants. They do work that needs to be done with no thought of recognition.  But churches also need servant leaders - people who will step forward and work together to provide solutions to larger problems. In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike explores Acts 6:1-7 to show how teamwork produced a decisive remedy, divided responsibilities, and divine results.
  • May 1, 2016Difference Makers are Faithful
    May 1, 2016
    Difference Makers are Faithful
    At Yellowstone National Park there is a geyser named, Old Faithful. It is so named because it is consistent in its eruptions. It is one of the most predictable geographical features on earth.  Faithfulness is one area where many Christians struggle, especially in the face of opposition. The early church faced opposition, but they remained faithful in spreading the gospel. God is searching for faithful followers.  In this message from the Difference Makers sermon series, Pastor Mike points out three ingredients in the faithfulness of the early church: the circumstances they endured, the companionship they experienced, and the character they exhibited.
  • Apr 24, 2016Difference Makers Are Generous
    Apr 24, 2016
    Difference Makers Are Generous
    Most of the time when we think of generosity, we think of money.  Often we struggle with thinking of ourselves as being generous simply because we don't think we have the means of being generous. But generosity is not limited to financial gifts.  You can be generous with your time, with wisdom, with your talents. The first-century Christians were generous in providing for each other's needs. In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike uncovers three lessons in Christian generosity: the perspective, prerequisites, and personality of generosity.