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Freedom in Forgiveness: I Can’t Forgive Myself

What do you do when you can’t forgive yourself? Pastor Mike shares three situations when it is especially hard to forgive our own actions—and reveals the two offensive truths about us when we think we can’t forgive ourselves.

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Freedom in Forgiveness: I Forgave. Now How Do I Heal?

Does forgiving someone mean you act like their sin against you never happened? And then even if you forgive, how do you heal? The apostle Paul tells you exactly what you need to do.

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Freedom in Forgiveness: When Forgiving Feels Impossible

Forgiving someone can be one of the hardest things God calls you to do. But how are you expected to do it when it seems impossible? Pastor Mike shows how our relationship with Christ is key in how we behave toward those who have wronged us.

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Freedom in Forgiveness: You Must Forgive EVERY Day

Where do you start the journey of forgiveness? Is forgiveness a “one and done”? Or is it a process we need to deal with daily? What the Bible has to say about forgiveness is not only helpful and powerful; it’s shockingly offensive.

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Jesus Judges Churches Too: Do We Compromise Sexual Morality?

Churches today face the temptation of believing they are faithful while subtly compromising their values, especially when it comes to biblical sexual morality. It’s an uncomfortable topic that needs to be addressed, Pastor Mike says, in order to enjoy God’s gift of sex, to understand the consequences of falling to sexual temptations, and to see how God helps us through it all.

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Jesus Judges Churches Too: Faith in the Midst of Suffering

It’s tempting to think that being a good enough Christian will lead to a good life. But Jesus warns us that because of our faith in him, we will suffer and have to endure pain. That begs the question: Then why risk everything for Jesus? The answer lies in a short letter from Jesus to a small first-century church suffering unimaginable persecution. It’s an answer that still holds true for us today as we hold on to our faith while battling through the hard times.

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Jesus Judges Churches Too: Does My Church Love?

What would Jesus say if he came to your church? Would he say the same thing he said to the church in Ephesus—one of the seven churches he addresses in the book of Revelation—that your church is passionate about the truth even if it is costly? But wait: Jesus doesn’t just care about truth . . . would Jesus say that your church also loves?

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Jesus Judges Churches Too: What if Church Is Boring?

What do you do when church doesn’t feel interesting enough? If you’re discouraged about your church experience, Pastor Mike says the best thing you can do is read the first chapters of the book of Revelation. But this isn’t an end times sermon series. Rather, we see how Jesus shows up in ordinary churches.

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What Is Love? I’m Supposed to Love “Those” People?

We live in a world of us vs. them, a culture of our people against their people. Such divisions are often the line where love stops, even among those who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And that’s dangerous. Instead, Pastor Mike challenges, what would it look like if we listened to Jesus, crossed the line, and imitated the love God shows?

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What Is Love? What’s My First Love?

What is the first love in your life? In our busy world of work, school, kids, and relationships, what is your greatest passion? Your answer is so important when it comes to love. Because in order to love well, you need to have the right order of your loves—starting with the first love.

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What Is Love? Isn’t Jesus on MY Side?

Issue after issue, regardless of which side you choose, everyone says Jesus is on their side. But two thousand years ago when Jesus walked the earth, what did he really say, and whose side would he take today? This message takes a close look at Jesus and his words and teaches us how we can learn from his perfect example of love.

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What Is Love? Show Tough or Tender Love?

Love. Some define love as speaking the truth, no matter how hard it is to hear. Others define it as acceptance, approval, and applause. Love, according to the apostle Paul, is actually both tough and tender—but love is not equal parts of both. Pastor Mike walks us through Paul’s words, revealing Paul’s recipe for love and giving us three takeaways on how we can show love in the most meaningful way.

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