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Churchy Words Explained (and Why You Should Care): Kingdom

What did Jesus love to teach about the most? It wasn’t love, grace, forgiveness, heaven, or hell. It was the kingdom of God. But in the 21st-century world, the idea of a “kingdom” is unclear. Pastor Mike defines “kingdom” using two key words and helps us see how we can find comfort in “kingdom,” especially during life’s scary moments and challenges.

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Churchy Words Explained (and Why You Should Care): Faith

Most people are familiar with faith. Christians have faith. Buddhists have faith. Atheists have faith in science and humanity. But what does the Bible mean by faith? Because the Bible certainly says a lot about faith. And that’s why in this message, Pastor Mike slows down and digs deep into the word “faith” to make sure we all know what it means and how it helps us find lasting peace.

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Churchy Words Explained (and Why You Should Care): Saved

To be saved means to be rescued from danger. So what danger are Christians talking about when they use this word? Who was in danger and is now saved? And by whom and from what and what for? Pastor Mike helps us understand the significance of “saved” and its impact on our lives.

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Churchy Words Explained (and Why You Should Care): Grace

Grace is, as we have heard countless times, amazing. But what makes it so amazing? What exactly is “grace,” and how do we even define it? Pastor Mike gives us a clear definition and what it means for us by opening up the Bible to the story of how a murderous man was transformed into the greatest missionary for Jesus—after being struck with grace.

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Churchy Words Explained (and Why You Should Care): Good

If there’s a word that seems simple to define, it’s the word good. Good is, well, good. It’s someone who isn’t bad. But how you define good is gravely important. Are you good? Are we good enough? If not, how do we become good in God’s sight? In this message, Jesus challenges our definition of good and calls us to the only way to be good enough to get close to God.

Life’s Challenges

How to Deal With Shame

Shame is the unshakable feeling that we don’t belong, tempting us to run away from God and his people. Shame can be tied to something done to us, something we have done, or something we have continued to do. As hard as it is to open up about shame, it’s even harder to address in the church. Pastor Mike dares us to cross that line and show what can happen when a Christian community learns to deal with shame.

Life’s Challenges

How to Deal With Anxiety

One in five adults deals with anxiety, caught in a snowballing avalanche of what-ifs and worst-case scenarios. As we enter another year of uncertainty and alarming headlines, it seems that, more than ever, people are being overcome by anxiety. There isn’t a quick solution. But Pastor Mike says actively doing these four things, with the work of the Holy Spirit, will help you deal with anxiety.

Life’s Challenges

How to Deal With People

The people in our lives can lead us in different directions, good and bad. There are fools, the wise, and everyone in between. So how do we deal with people? How do we find our people? How do we know whom to trust? And whom to avoid? With the guidance of the wisest man in the ancient world, Pastor Mike gives us biblical insight on how to deal with people.

Life’s Challenges

How to Deal With Yourself

“Be who you are.” “You do you.” That’s what the world tells us. But what does Jesus say? When you’re dealing with all the ups and downs of life, all your strengths and weaknesses, and all the complicating details of your life story, Jesus says the exact opposite: Don’t be you. Pastor Mike helps us understand what Jesus means as we learn how to deal with ourselves.

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Christmas Buzzwords: Love

How do you define the word love? We all agree that love is what our world needs more of, but what exactly is it? Is love tough or tender? strong or sweet? How do we know what true love is and, more important, where to find love that lasts throughout our lives?

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Christmas Buzzwords: Peace

How do you define the word peace? Is it merely the time when nations and people are not at war, when fighting and conflicts cease? The Bible’s answer is . . . kind of. The peace that the angels sang about the night of Jesus’ birth is something much more, something we all deeply long for, something that can only be provided from one source.

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Christmas Buzzwords: Joy

How do you define the word joy? When that word appears on the latest Christmas card, where does your mind go? Is it just another word for happy, or is it something more? something deeper?