Dec 11, 2016
Relationships Matter
Brother Mike relates the relationship of Lass, a collie dog, with her owner. He discusses how God desires a similar type of relationship, one that is built on trust, love, obedience and assurance.
  • Dec 11, 2016Relationships Matter
    Dec 11, 2016
    Relationships Matter
    Brother Mike relates the relationship of Lass, a collie dog, with her owner. He discusses how God desires a similar type of relationship, one that is built on trust, love, obedience and assurance.
  • Oct 30, 2016Lessons From a Sheep Dog
    Oct 30, 2016
    Lessons From a Sheep Dog
    Brother Mike uses the book “Lessons From a Sheep Dog” by Phillip Keller for a new series of sermons. The book tells the story of Lass, a worthless animal thought to be untrainable, who becomes a magnificent and valuable sheepdog - not terribly unlike how God's love can transform our worst characteristics into blessings that serve to further His Kingdom.
  • Oct 23, 2016The Good, The Bad, The Ugly/Joseph vs. Judah
    Oct 23, 2016
    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly/Joseph vs. Judah
    Series: No Series
    Brother Mike contrasts Joseph and his brother, Judah. Joseph was a man who followed God, even though he had been betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery. He trusted that God had a plan for his life, no matter what the circumstances. Judah, a free man, thwarted God’s will in marrying a Canaanite woman and raising ungodly sons. Yet, Judah repented and turned back to God. So who did God choose for the lineage of Christ? Surprisingly it was Judah. In choosing Judah, God gave us a message of hope and shows us that He can use imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will. (Genesis 37-39 NKJV)
  • Oct 16, 2016Danger: Expectations
    Oct 16, 2016
    Danger: Expectations
    Series: No Series
    Expectations can lead to disappointment when we attempt to put God in a box and limit Him to our expectations. Instead we should have a spirit of expectancy, knowing that what is happening in our lives will lead toward good even if we don’t know the when, where, or how. Expectancy leads to hope and hope does not disappoint when that hope is place in God and His promises. (Luke 7:19-23; Mark 6:1-5; Matthew 20:10; Philippians 1: 20; Romans 5:5 NKJV)
  • Oct 9, 2016Praising and Serving God
    Oct 9, 2016
    Praising and Serving God
    Series: No Series
    Psalm 100 counsels us to make a joyful shout to the LORD, regardless of our feelings, agendas, or circumstances. It is important to recognize who God is and His authority over our lives. We should serve the LORD with gladness, thanksgiving, and praise no matter what is happening in our lives. (Psalm 100: 1-2a NKJV)
  • Oct 2, 2016Kept By God In and For His Purpose
    Oct 2, 2016
    Kept By God In and For His Purpose
    Series: No Series
    Psalm 91 reminds us that we are kept in close proximity to God, standing in His shadow of love and protection, to serve His purpose for our lives. (Psalm 91 NKJV)
  • Sep 25, 2016There’s No Place Like Home
    Sep 25, 2016
    There’s No Place Like Home
    Series: Psalm 23
    “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” When we accept Jesus as our Savior, our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit. When we die, we will be taken to Heaven but here on earth, we already dwell with Him as the Holy Spirit dwells with us. (Psalm 23: 6b KJV)
  • Sep 18, 2016A Sure Thing: Maturity Leads to Legacy
    Sep 18, 2016
    A Sure Thing: Maturity Leads to Legacy
    Series: Psalm 23
    “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;” Aren’t you glad God’s goodness is following you wherever you go? But God wants you to know him and not just when things are going good but also through the fellowship of his sufferings as stated in Psalm 119:71: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.” (Psalm 23: 6a NKJV)
  • Sep 11, 2016Nowhere To Land
    Sep 11, 2016
    Nowhere To Land
    Series: Psalm 23
    “You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Shepherds put oil on their sheep’s head for several reason-to keep irritating pests from landing on the head, to protect against scabs, and to keep sheep from hurting each other when they butt heads. As Christians, we can keep the pests from filling our hearts and minds by filling them with scriptures, we can avoid the scabs of life by yielding to God’s discipline and directions, the oil of God’s Word can also help us avoid hurting our brothers and sisters even when we disagree and butt heads. (Psalm 23: 5b NKJV)
  • Sep 4, 2016Table Manners
    Sep 4, 2016
    Table Manners
    Series: Psalm 23
    Before a shepherd moves his sheep to the highlands (tablelands), he must inspect them to be sure they have what the sheep need and are safe for the sheep. In the same way, God prepares our table, a place for us even in the midst of our enemies, where we can fellowship with Him and other believers. How do we react to this table? Do we rejoice in the communion or do we complain about our lives and our enemies? What kind of table manners do we have? Psalm 23:5a NKJV (supporting verses-Psalm 22: 1, 12-21; Philippians 3:10)
  • Aug 28, 2016Love Taps
    Aug 28, 2016
    Love Taps
    Series: Psalm 23
    Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. God uses the rod to signify authority, discipline (examination), and defense. Just as a shepherd uses his rod to establish his authority over the sheep, to sometimes discipline them and to defend them, we can receive comfort knowing that God is the final authority and that he loves us enough to discipline us and protect us. As the shepherd uses his staff, God also guides us, catches us when we fall, pulls us away from danger, and lets us know He is near and that we are special to Him. Psalm 23:4b NIV (supportive verses-Ezekiel 20:37; Hebrews 4:13; Romans 12:2; 1Peter 4:12-13)
  • Aug 21, 2016Preparation for Appreciation
    Aug 21, 2016
    Preparation for Appreciation
    Series: Psalm 23
    A mountain climber's appreciation for the mountain top is enhanced because of his preparation and work to climb from the bottom to the top. So also, Christians best appreciate the mountain top experiences in their lives after experiencing and climbing out of the valleys. We "fear no evil" because we know that Christ will bring us out of the valley and up to the mountain! (Psalm 23:4a)
  • Aug 14, 2016He Leads Me
    Aug 14, 2016
    He Leads Me
    Series: Psalm 23
    Sheep need a lot of management. The shepherd has to make sure to keep them moving around to avoid overgrazing in one area. Overgrazing an area can not only lead to a lack of pasture, but can also foster the growth of parasites. However, sheep can also be very stubborn and not want to move from an area where they are comfortable. They have to be prodded by the Shepherd to move on to better pastures. Jesus, the Great Shepherd, encourages His sheep (us) to move on, to get out of their comfort zone, and to not hold on to things that are parasitic in their lives. Like sheep, we are often stubborn and need gentle (or not so gentle) prodding. (Psalm 23:3b NKJV)
  • Aug 7, 2016He Restores My Soul
    Aug 7, 2016
    He Restores My Soul
    Series: Psalm 23
    Psalm 23 is more about the shepherd than the sheep. These verses describe how the shepherd trains and takes care of his sheep so that they will follow him to the green pastures and the still waters that restore them and make them healthy. In the same way, Jesus, the Great Shepherd takes care of us when we follow Him. (Psalm 23: 2-3a NKJV)
  • Jul 24, 2016The Lord is My Shepherd
    Jul 24, 2016
    The Lord is My Shepherd
    Series: Psalm 23
    As sheep depend on their shepherd for their care and safety, as Christians we depend on the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, to care for us and keep us safe. We can rest in the knowledge and faith that He will watch over us. (Psalm 23:1-2 NKJV)