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Living My Faith

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.

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…

Living My Faith

#beautiful

When I look in the mirror, I see what lots of 40-somethings presumably see: sags and wrinkles and thinning hair. You older folks are…

Life’s Challenges

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.

Living My Faith

Easter is about/for real events

The most frequently used words in John’s account of Easter morning are . . . “saw” or “looked” (John 20:1-20). Mary saw the stone…

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…

Living My Faith

How to Worship When War Hits Home: An end to pain

Soon after his high school graduation, my father joined the U.S. Marines and did two tours in the jungles of Vietnam. To this day,…

Life’s Challenges

Hold on to the reality of hope

The war in Ukraine adds one more item on our two-year list of collective crises. There is no need for me to rehash all…

Life’s Challenges

Rest and grow in God’s Word

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened…

Living My Faith

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.

Living My Faith

Are you for real?

“When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one…

Life’s Challenges

The flip side of worry

I’m a world-class worrier. If it were an Olympic sport, I’d have a house full of gold medals. Nothing is off limits from my…