Apr 17, 2016
Difference Makers Live Spirit-filled Lives
Difference makers in the early church were common men and women  who rallied around an uncommon cause and demonstrated uncommon characteristics to make an amazing difference. They were able to do this through the power of God's Spirit. When we think about how the Spirit works in our lives, we often think of emotional experiences in worship.  But the work of the Holy Spirit is much more empowering than a simple emotional experience. In this third message in the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike looks at Acts 4 to teach about the priority of being filled with the Spirit, the pathway to being filled with the Spirit, and the product of being filled with the Spirit.
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  • Apr 17, 2016Difference Makers Live Spirit-filled Lives
    Apr 17, 2016
    Difference Makers Live Spirit-filled Lives
    Difference makers in the early church were common men and women  who rallied around an uncommon cause and demonstrated uncommon characteristics to make an amazing difference. They were able to do this through the power of God's Spirit. When we think about how the Spirit works in our lives, we often think of emotional experiences in worship.  But the work of the Holy Spirit is much more empowering than a simple emotional experience. In this third message in the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike looks at Acts 4 to teach about the priority of being filled with the Spirit, the pathway to being filled with the Spirit, and the product of being filled with the Spirit.
  • Apr 10, 2016Difference Makers Care
    Apr 10, 2016
    Difference Makers Care
    Every day we come in contact with people who have real needs. They may be physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. And the real question is, "Who cares?" Who will take the time to care for people in need? Who will show genuine compassion and concern? In Acts 3:1-10, Peter and John were Difference Makers who took the time to notice a man with a need. Pastor Mike unpacks this passage to show us three components of genuine care: the plight of the needy man, the pity of the caring men, and the praise of the healed man.  #VADifferenceMakers
  • Apr 3, 2016Difference Makers Value Relationships
    Apr 3, 2016
    Difference Makers Value Relationships
    What happened after the resurrection? Did the disciples go back to their lives as if nothing happened? No, they continued to follow the risen Christ - the ultimate Difference Maker.  And in so doing they changed the world.  In this series, Pastor Mike will take a look at how these common men and women rallied around an uncommon cause, and displayed uncommon characteristics to make an amazing difference.
    This first message in the series focuses on relationships. Difference Makers value relationships.  We must display steadfastness in character, sensitivity to others, and singleness of heart.
  • Mar 27, 2016He Is Risen
    Mar 27, 2016
    He Is Risen
    Series: Easter 2016
    Resurrection Sunday gives us a chance to ask the question, "Does it really matter if Jesus is risen? And if so, why?"
    In Acts 17:16-34, the apostle Paul found himself in Athens and his passion for the lost was stirred. The city of Athens was a cultural center in Paul's day. It was a place of commerce and trade. It was a place where intellectuals would gather and debate philosophy. Its many temples were filled with people looking for answers but finding none.  Paul's proclamation was simple. He didn't try to debate the philosophers, he went straight to the heart of the matter. And Paul's purpose was steadfast. He preached Jesus and the resurrection.
    If Jesus is not alive, then nothing really matters.  If Jesus is alive, then nothing but that matters.
  • Mar 25, 2016Good Friday – The Great Sacrifice
    Mar 25, 2016
    Good Friday – The Great Sacrifice
    Series: Easter 2016
    The idea of singing about blood seems strange. Blood is life, and when we think about our own blood we understand how precious it is.  But the blood of Jesus is even more precious because it was His sacrifice on the cross for us that paid the price of our sin. He died in our place.  So as we consider what Jesus endured so that we could be forgiven, we come to the cross and remember His great sacrifice.
    This message was delivered by Pastor Mike as part of the Good Friday Communion Service at FBCVA on March 25, 2016.
  • Mar 20, 2016Before I Die … Hosanna
    Mar 20, 2016
    Before I Die … Hosanna
    Series: Easter 2016
    How would you finish this sentence: "Before I die ..." Many of us have a 'bucket list" of things we would like to accomplish before we die, but how many of those things really matter.  What could we do that would really make a difference?
    In Matthew 21:1-11, Jesus is entering into Jerusalem for the last time before His death. Using this passage, Pastor Mike shows how this "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem foreshadows Jesus' return as the King of kings.  In the week that follows, we see the coronation of the King, the cross of the King, the communion of the King, the condescension of the King, and the conquest of the King.
  • Mar 13, 2016The Family Extended: Releasing the Arrow
    Mar 13, 2016
    The Family Extended: Releasing the Arrow
    Series: The Archtect
    For many parents, watching their children graduate from High School and prepare to leave home is a difficult time.  It can be hard to let go.  But just as an arrow was made to be taken out of the quiver and fired at a target, children were made to become adults and be released into the world.  In this last message from the series titled, The Architect, Pastor Mike draws from Psalm 127:3-5 to teach that parents have one opportunity to shape, sharpen, and shoot the arrows they have been given.
  • Mar 6, 2016The Family Extended: Bending the Bow
    Mar 6, 2016
    The Family Extended: Bending the Bow
    Series: The Archtect
    A bow that is bent and strung the wrong way will not function the way it was made to function.  It could be dangerous and may even break. When Proverbs 22:6 speaks of "training up a child in the way he should go," it is using the terminology of stringing a bow.  Each child is unique in certain ways.  God has made them with different personalities and traits. A child must be "bent" in the way God has made him or her to be. A parent must love their children equally, but parent them differently. Godly parenting begins with the parents, not the kids; it is proactive and personalized; and it produces results.    
     
  • Feb 28, 2016Decorating The Home With Virtue
    Feb 28, 2016
    Decorating The Home With Virtue
    Series: The Archtect
    When a home is renovated, there is often construction involved, and the end result can be quite dramatic. But what makes the interior feel like a home are the furnishings and decorations. Often, a woman's touch can make a home feel more warm and inviting. This week Pastor Mike uses Proverbs 31:10-31 to show how a woman can decorate her home with virtue. Charm is deceptive, and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
  • Feb 21, 2016Shelter and Security in the Home
    Feb 21, 2016
    Shelter and Security in the Home
    Series: The Archtect
    We take measures to ensure the security of our homes and families.  We put alarm systems into our homes. We have secure locks on our doors.  Some keep firearms in the house.  We do this to feel safe in our homes. God has placed in man the desire to provide security for his family. But physical security is only part of the picture.  Emotional and spiritual security are also necessary for a family to feel safe. A man who wants to build security into his home will be faithful, thoughtful, and respectful.