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Prayer

Prayers and answers

“Lord, help.” “God, please . . .” “How long, Lord?” “Make it clear, Jesus. No, even clearer . . .” I don’t know if…

Living My Faith

That’s the one!

What do you think when you see a group of teenagers all sitting at the same table, staring at their phones? Or when your…

Prayer

Pray Like a Pro: But My Prayers Are Unanswered

When life seems unfair and we’re crying out to God in prayer, why does he take so long to bring about justice? Why do we need to keep knocking and keep praying? Pastor Mike says there is a reason why Jesus makes us wait.

Living My Faith

All believers have a priestly ministry

For a long time there has been some confusion around the word ministry. It is generally reserved to describe the job that pastors have….

Prayer

Silence

I pray. I pray and I pray. Silence.   I yell. I yell and I yell. Silence louder still.   My daughter once told…

Prayer

Ask for more

If someone offered you a blank check, how much would you ask for? I suppose the answer would depend on the person who owned…

Prayer

Pray Like a Pro: How to Avoid Pretensions and Babbling

Prayer should be simple, right? You talk; God listens. But it’s not always that easy because there are two big dangers that happen when you try to pray. How do you avoid them? Fortunately for us, Jesus pointed out these problems and then gave brilliant solutions like only he could.

Life’s Challenges

Counterculture

When you talk to baby boomers about their high school and college days, they may get a dreamy look in their eyes as they…

Life’s Challenges

wRESTle

If I’m honest, the list of things that have caught me by surprise in the past 18 months is pretty extensive. While I tend…

Depression & Anxiety

Anxiety & Jesus

Psychologist and professor Jean Twenge noted some factors connected to eighth graders feeling happier or more depressed. The leading habits connected with being sad—lots…

Prayer

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

Faith and obedience are good for business

There is a sad cynicism in our land that the entire world of work is rigged, that only privileged insiders profit, that hard work…