September 20, 2020 • Adam Welty
With uncertainty, fear and anxiety rampant in our culture that many feel is going the wrong direction, it is easy to begin to feel lost in fear, despair and depression in a world that feels out-of-control. The remedy is hope. It is hope that is more than mere optimism, but based on Someone greater than this fallen world.
A Christian Response to the Anti-Christ
September 13, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Scripture interprets scripture, so to understand the last days, we must read the Bible’s easy-to-understand instruction without filters. Today we are going to talk about the end times and the anti-Christ as the scriptures lead even if it challenges our previously held assumptions. You don’t have to agree with what I teach, but I would ask you to humbly consider it.
Resilient Leadership in Turbulent Times
September 6, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Leadership is required for everything in life – family, career, faith and social circles. A resilient leader is a spouse, a parent, a faith-influencer, a co-worker, a friend, etc., who sees failures, challenges or calamity as only temporary setbacks they can recover from quickly. They maintain a positive attitude and a strong sense of opportunity during periods of turbulence. When faced with uncertain times, a resilient leader finds ways to move themselves, and those they are responsible for, forward while communicating a reassuring outcome. We are each given leadership responsibility in given circles, so let’s discuss it together.
The Believer's Response to the Signs of the Times
August 30, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
People are looking at what they are seeing happening in the world and many are thinking about God and the return of Jesus Christ. Are you ready and will you be victoriously standing strong in the faith if He were to come in our lifetime? Let’s talk about a response to the times and adjustments we must make.
Denial and Confession of Christ in the Last Days
August 23, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Everything is getting black and white in the world; you either believe something or you don’t. It actually plays into the hand of God because, in the case of Jesus Christ, acknowledging the deity of Christ, upholding His teaching and suffering with Him in the sense of denying self and choosing Jesus decision by decision is part of confessing Christ. The opposite would be a denial of the Son of God. In this lesson, we will look more deeply into denying Christ and how that can be manifesting in these last days.
God Is for You and Not Against You!
August 16, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Often, we determine God’s love by how well things go for us. If things go well, then God must love us. If things don’t go well, then God doesn’t love us. The truth of God’s love is not based on our circumstances or what the critics or cynics say. It’s based on who He is and that never changes. But His love can change each of us.
Don't Be Provoked!
August 9, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
The world is trying to think for you. And if you don’t respond when they tell you to, they will often try to provoke you into a response with condescending, disrespectful and flat-out insulting rhetoric that is not necessarily fact-based – just read Emporia Chat on Facebook. We must capture everything we see and hear, filter it through the teachings of Christ and formulate a Spirit-led response based on truth, laced with grace and delivered in God’s timing.
As If It Never Happened
August 2, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Every Christian can live unoffended. It is not a suggestion but a mandatory tenant of the faith. In our offended and unforgiving culture, it is more important than ever to know how to live free from the bondage of offendedness. We can become the most unoffendable people on the face of the earth because no one has the grace we possess.
Life's Highest Delight
July 26, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Man has always been seeking delightful things; things that make him happy. God is not opposed to us having the delights of our heart – things that bring pleasure and happiness – because He created all good things. But if we purse them the wrong way, it can open a door of opportunity to darkness.
July 19, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Sometimes we must admit we do not know what is doing on around us. We feel like a horse that has been blindfolded to lead it out of a burning barn. That horse must have a lot of confidence in the quiet, assuring voice of the handler. Do you trust in God that way? Do you hear His assuring voice, or do you make too much noise? I want to share some things I have learned that have helped me navigate uncertainty much more confidently.
Be a Lover and Not a Hater
July 12, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Love is an important thing. Most people would acknowledge this even if they choose not to do much about it. To become a lover, instead of a hater, is central to being a disciple of Jesus Christ or we lose our legitimacy to those watching us. The only way to grow in love is to assume we have blind spots we need addressed, to carefully consider what is revealed and take purposeful action to correct our shortcomings while trusting Jesus Christ’s power to change us. Let this 16 minute message challenge you today.
Speaking to Dry Bones
July 5, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Have you ever dug through your bag of regrets pondering the “what if’s”? Everyone has at some point. We find ourselves asking lots of things and sometimes find we are asking the wrong questions. God has an answer for everyone walking through dry places. In this message we will talk about the right question to ask God as we deal with dry places in our lives.
Embrace Your Assignment with Confidence
June 28, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Have you ever felt incompetent? Like you just are not up-to-the-task? This kind of uninformed frame of mind can be very self-defeating and leave you feeling very unfulfilled and unsuccessful. The Bible says something completely different about you and where your talents and skills come from. When you embrace what the Bible says, you are set up to step up to another level of success amid challenge.
The Lord of the Harvest
June 14, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Some look at the season they are in and say in their hearts, “Que sera, sera: It is what it is!” But the truth in Christ is that it does not have to be what it is. The Lord of the Harvest can create blessing where others only see limited outcomes. Are you going to come out of this season blessed or not? Much of it depends on what you believe.
The Power of Prayer
How often have you heard someone say, “We can only pray”? It sounds like since all else has failed, we might as well resign to prayer. The Bible teaches something radically different. It teaches prayer is our first option and does not need to be a sign of resignation but expectation. In fact, we would save a lot of time, stress, and brain power if we started with prayer and let God do the heavy lifting!
The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Growth
May 31, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Every Christian who is committed to spiritual growth will run squarely into the Holy Spirit. How will you respond to Him? From start to finish, the Holy Spirit adds vibrancy to our spiritual growth. An open heart to the Holy Spirit is a game changer in the formation and transformation of the sincere follower of Jesus Christ.
A Little Heaven on Earth
May 24, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Many believe all there is to Christianity is getting to heaven and avoiding hell. That’s all good but there is so much more for the believer who prays that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Are you praying down some heaven on earth? Or are you passively taking all the devil throws at you just hoping to survive long enough for a cabin in the corner of glory? There is more to life than many believers are aware of.
Slow Down, Simplify and Be Kind
May 17, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
We live in a cruel, complex, and fast paced society. Yet there is something clear back from the garden that calls us to slow down, simplify and to be kind. Since we have been conditioned for a lifetime to operate the wrong way, be patient with yourself but be intentional about setting out to change to healthier behaviors. Let’s get this working now so we can exit this shelter-in-place in a “better place” than we were before.
Do Believers Grow in Righteousness?
May 10, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Since the Bible says the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9), a believer must be righteous to say he is saved. This means on one hand you are perfected, but our behavior suggests something different at times. Our perfect righteous identity should begin to work itself into our behaviors. So, although you are a righteous child of God as a believer, there is a way to grow into righteous behavior.
Going to God First
May 3, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Our natural mind tends to gravitate toward our own solutions first. But Jesus Christ challenges us to invite Him into every situation first. The reason is that the natural is influenced by the supernatural realm. Doing this takes us deeper into the unseen domain faith operates best in.