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Pray Like a Pro: Be Like a Helpless Child

If you had to grade your prayer life, what would you give yourself? If there’s room to improve, what can you do? There’s a simple truth, Pastor Mike says, that will bring you one step closer to the prayer life so many of us crave.

Living My Faith

Sexpectations: Sex Is Unnecessary

To many people today, a 30-year-old virgin is a fascinating species. Is he dying inside? Is he repressed and frustrated? Ask Jesus. He was fully man in every way, a sexual being, yet fully content to be sexless. Jesus proves that sex is not required for a satisfying life, which is thrilling news for singles, divorcees, widows, and couples struggling with their sex lives. Having a joyful connection to God makes sex a good but unnecessary gift from God.

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Sexpectations: Sex Is Fiery

Like fire, sex must be treated with a healthy fear. Mess around with one flame and you might get hurt. Mess around with one night and you might get hurt worse. This message explores the Bible’s loving warnings about sex, showing Gods’ loving and fatherly heart and why he restricts sex to the commitment of marriage.

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Sexpectations: Sex Is Work

So often we expect sex to be easy, just like in the movies. But that expectation leads to pressure, frustration, and disillusionment with others. God, on the other hand, expects sex to be the result of a process of love and respect. The apostle Paul’s classic words to husbands and wives aren’t mainly about sex, but they are the key to true intimacy.

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Sexpectations: Sex Is Good

In the beginning, when everything was very good, there was sex. God’s idea. God’s invention. God’s gift to husband and wife. In a world where too many of us have been victims of sexual sin or victims of an anti-sex church culture, we need the reminder that sex by God’s design is still very good.

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Flawed but Blessed: How Boldly Can I Pray?

What does a strange story of an old man physically wrestling with God have to do with us and our prayer lives? A lot. Pastor Mike drills deep into this scene from the life of Jacob in the Old Testament to show us how we can hold God accountable to his promises.

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Flawed but Blessed: How Does Grace Change Me?

What goes around, comes around, right? . . . Not so fast. In every human heart is the temptation to speed up the process of karma and pay people back what we think they deserve. But, Pastor Mike warns, karma is dangerous. And instead, we should focus on karma’s counterpart. How?

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Flawed but Blessed: Is God Here?

One sentence composed of three words and nine letters can change everything about your life. It reminds us of the power of presence and has the power to give us peace and happiness. Pastor Mike takes us on a deep dive of finding that peace and joy.

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Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Liars?

We know that honesty is the best policy, even when we are tempted to lie because the truth will cost us. Yet we lie anyway. But perhaps even more damaging is when we fall for the two biggest lies we’ve been told most of our lives—lies that we even tell ourselves.

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Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Me?

How do we find more self-control in our lives? The Bible gives us a clear answer. Spoiler: It’s not where most self-help books would direct you. And what does it mean when you lose self-control and mess up? Does God still love you? Pastor Mike digs into Genesis and looks at the life and family of Jacob to find the answers.

Social Issues

Abortion: What Does God Say? Abortion and the Government

What guidance does God give us on how to deal with government and the moral dilemma over issues such as abortion? Pastor Mike talks about the relationship between church and government, how issues such as abortion fit into the mix, and what we can learn from the New Testament Christians.

Social Issues

Abortion: What Does God Say? Abortion and the Church

God loves life. Throughout the Bible, God has much to say about the lives of people who are outside of the womb. Poor lives. Struggling lives. Trapped lives. Scared lives. What would it look like if God’s people felt the same way and deeply cared about each life? How might the abortion discussion change if every Christians was pro (every) life?