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.    
 
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  • 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.
  • Feb 14, 2016The Framework of Communication
    Feb 14, 2016
    The Framework of Communication
    Series: The Archtect
    A house is built in stages.  First the ground is leveled and a foundation is laid.  When the framework is put into place, however, the house really starts to take shape. The framework provides the structure for the building. Communication is the framework around which relationships are built.  How we communicate with each other greatly affects the shape of the relationship. In this message from the series titled, The Architect, Pastor Mike shows how the husband and his bride communicate in the Song of Solomon, and what couples can learn from them to strengthen their relationship.
  • Feb 7, 2016A Gospel Foundation
    Feb 7, 2016
    A Gospel Foundation
    Series: The Archtect
    Every building needs a good foundation.  If the foundation is not strong and stable, nothing built on it will last.  A strong family needs a strong foundation.  In this second message from the series titled, The Architect, Pastor Mike uses Romans 5:1-11 to give five building stones of a strong foundation for the family.  A family must be built on the Lord Jesus Christ, unconditional love, character development, time in relationships, and good communication.
  • Jan 31, 2016Roll Out the Blueprints
    Jan 31, 2016
    Roll Out the Blueprints
    Series: The Archtect
    The family unit is being redefined in our culture. The Biblical plan for families is in trouble. But does the redefining of the family mean that the family unit is destined to be a relic of history? In this first message of a new series, Pastor Mike rolls out God's blueprints for the family. God is the architect of the traditional family, and His design is still relevant today. The Biblical family is the foundation of all social structures.  It will face many threats in the days to come, and it must be Christ-centered and Bible-based to survive.
  • Jan 17, 2016Vision Sunday 2016
    Jan 17, 2016
    Vision Sunday 2016
    If a church is healthy, it will grow. And with growth comes change.  In this Vision Sunday message Pastor Mike shares with the church the need to keep our eyes on the Lord in the coming year. Just as Joshua and Caleb returned from scouting the Promised Land with a vision for what God could do, we need to look ahead with the expectation of moving forward in His power, following His plan. Drawing from Colossians 2:1-7, Pastor Mike emphasizes the need to pray for unity and to walk in Christ so that we will be rooted, built up, established and thankful.
  • Dec 27, 2015My Christmas Wish List
    Dec 27, 2015
    My Christmas Wish List
    In this message, Pastor Mike draws from Mary's song of praise - the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) - to set out some things to wish for in the coming year.  We should desire a saturation of the Word of God, a magnification of the Son of God, and an appreciation of the grace of God.
  • Dec 20, 2015Satisfaction Guaranteed
    Dec 20, 2015
    Satisfaction Guaranteed
    Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a guarantee that the recipients of your gifts would love them? We give gifts with the hope that they will be appreciated (and not returned).  Ultimately, however, no matter how awesome our gifts are they can only bring temporary satisfaction.  Our satisfaction cannot be guaranteed by a "thing."  When God gave us Jesus, He gave us a guarantee of satisfaction.  In this message, Pastor Mike shows us how three symbols are essential to this guarantee - the cradle, the cross, and the crown. The cradle represents the saving ministry of Christ's birth, the cross represents the spiritual mystery of Christ's birth, and the crown represents the sovereign majesty of Christ's birth.
  • Dec 13, 2015The Gift That Keeps Giving
    Dec 13, 2015
    The Gift That Keeps Giving
    Every year, we eagerly anticipate the gifts we will receive at Christmas.  But most of the gifts we receive are just "stuff." Would it really matter if we didn't get these gifts? There are gifts we can give that have more significance, such as time spent with family and friends.  The most significant gift ever given, though, was a person - Jesus.  What if this greatest gift had not been given?  If Jesus had not come, the Father would be unapproachable, the Gospel would be un-preachable, prayer would be unprofitable, and heaven would be unattainable.