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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
My Best Life Possible
What if someone told you that you could have the best life possible? Even if your life is already pretty good right now, or especially if it’s not, you CAN have a really full and abundant life. And, as Pastor Mike shares in today’s Easter message, it starts with knowing the beautiful promise Jesus made.
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.
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.
Whose Truth Do I Trust? The Church’s Truth?
If our hearts can deceive us and the world can mislead us, certainly the church is a good source of truth. Well . . . maybe. Since the hearts of church leaders can be deceived and many people can follow their teaching, how do we know we can trust the church? Pastor Mike explores what we can do so we know when to trust the church.
Whose Truth Do I Trust? Their Truth?
Think of the top two to three voices that get your attention the most: the cable news networks, talk radio shows, podcasts, friends, family members, pastors, teachers. Now, Pastor Mike challenges, are these voices sources of truth you can trust? How do you know? Pastor Mike looks to the Bible to help us answer if we can trust their truth.
Whose Truth Do I Trust? My Truth?
“Be true to yourself.” That message is found everywhere in today’s culture. Since churches, religions, and families are so obviously flawed, we are taught to turn inward in order to find what is true, beautiful, and right. But how do we sift through the countless and oftentimes conflicting desires that we find within? In this message, Pastor Mike poses the question, “Should I live my truth?” The Bible’s answer may surprise you.
Churchy Words Explained (and Why You Should Care): Cross
The cross. Pop stars, rappers, bikers, and pastors tattoo it on their bodies, an artistic shape that seems to mean all things to all people. But what does the cross actually mean? As Pastor Mike unpacks the word “cross,” he shows us how knowing what the cross is, that Jesus died on one, and what Jesus’ death means today will change us in profound ways.