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Jesus' Growth Plan for Me

In a Pinterest world, we often get warm and fuzzy snippets from Jesus, inspirational quotes that are challenging, offensive, comforting, and bold. This series follows through some of Jesus’ most famous stories, verse by verse, completely uncut.

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Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: Why Jesus Allows Bad People Among Us

There’s always another awful headline, another hypocrite, another problem we want to fix in our broken world. If only it were as easy as plucking out the bad people from the good. But we know it’s not that simple. It’s for these moments of frustration that Jesus told this particular story of the weeds and the wheat to give us hope.

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Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: Why I Must Give Up My Treasures

It’s going to cost us to follow Jesus. He was upfront about us needing to give up the things we treasure. But, Jesus also said, joyfully giving up the things we have is possible when we find a superior treasure. Through two short parables Jesus told, Pastor Mike helps us see what this treasure is.

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Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: When Average Moments Are Okay

We live in a culture that often says bigger is better, as we easily dismiss the small and mundane as too insignificant to be powerful. But believing this common trope can be spiritually dangerous. Pastor Mike walks us through two of the smallest stories Jesus ever told that give us a really big message for the average moments of our spiritual lives.

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Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: What Are the Threats to My Faith?

God’s Word doesn’t always seem to work in our lives. We share it, read it, and hear it, but it doesn’t seem to change us spiritually. That’s because the Word of God, Jesus said, is like a seed—it’s packed with potential, but it is also small and vulnerable. How vulnerable? Pastor Mike identifies these everyday threats to God’s Word that can stop us from growing in our faith.