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Living My Faith

Withholding judgment until judgment day

I’ve reached a new milestone: I care about my lawn. I never thought I would be one of those people. But I want my…

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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.

Social Issues

Stop looking for a savior

Elon Musk just bought Twitter. Some are decrying this development because they don’t like a billionaire having so much control over this app. Others…

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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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“You suck”

My son, husband, and I were listening to a presentation by a mental performance coach. He invited a dozen high school football players to…

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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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A multiracial Messiah

The other day, I tried to track down all the Jesuses in my office. I gathered every painting, picture, icon, and action figure. Then…

Life’s Challenges

In a world of conspiracies, how do you find the truth?

The Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma was prophetic. Granted it is ironic that Netflix produced a movie that bashed addictive media that removes people…

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Thirsty?

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to be satisfied? If you’re like me, living in a prosperous country, you have/own/enjoy more blessings…

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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.