The Discipline of Self-Denial
March 17, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Abstinence is the discipline of denying yourself something in order to reposition Jesus Christ in your life. This will begin to train yourself to be more responsive to God and less responsive to the temporal things of the flesh. Denying yourself something during Lent will give you something additional to celebrate on Resurrection Sunday; not only has Jesus Christ risen from the dead, but His life caused something new to rise up in you.
A Distinctively Different Life
March 10, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Jesus Christ gave His believers a new identity. Embracing this new identity is the foundation for the new, abundant life in Him. Holding to an old identity handicaps our spiritual development and keeps us from God's best for our lives. Learn some key ways many still hold the old identity hindering themselves and ways we can move forward by embracing the identity He has given us.
Provision for Your Whole Household
Family and Life #2 • February 24, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
God created man and woman to live in a place of beauty and provision. The curse reversed all that and made life a terrible fruitless labor. Jesus Christ’s plan of redemption is also to restore that Father-Provider relationships we were created to enjoy. To build our house on solid financial footing, it must be built upon the Rock. Jesus Christ is the Rock.
Communicating More Effectively
Family and Life #1 • February 17, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Communication is a key to healthy relationships. We can over-and-under communicate in unhealthy manners. As we mature, we learn to communicate more effectively, and our relational health grows with our emotional intelligence. This makes for more fulfilling friendships, marriages, family relationships and careers.
A Measure of Faith
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #5 • February 10, 2019 • Adam Welty
Jesus Christ was always challenging beliefs, convictions and assumptions of what the culture believed about itself, other people groups and resources. His mission was to bring the kingdom of God and its truth to earth and to teach others to do the same. Our understanding of faith determines the impact it'll have on us and through us.
Extending the Grace of Forgiveness
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #4 • February 3, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Sometimes it seems like Jesus Christ has given us more authority than we are comfortable with. Until we embrace the full authority of our position in Christ, we are handicapped in our mission. One of the responsibilities is the proclamation of forgiveness. Have you embraced it? Do you understand it? Or is John 20:21-23 a hard saying for you?
What Is Your Testimony?
January 27, 2019 • Tolbert Livingston
We all experience tests, trials and tribulations. When our testimony lines up with the testimony of the Lord, we can declare the victory before the battle is complete. Our faith in the predetermined truth of Jesus Christ will predetermine our outcomes. Then we can proclaim in agreement with the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians that Jesus always gives us the victory!
Eyes, Hands and Other Body Parts
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #3 • January 20, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Christians often beat themselves up with scripture which was recorded to build us up. Errant teaching or understanding can make a relationship with God that was created to be beautiful to become burdensome and painfilled. Today we are going to examine some particularly harsh-sounding scriptures to see if we can get a more edifying understanding of them.
To Live by the Sword or Not
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #2 • January 13, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
The Bible says that those who live by the sword will perish by the sword. I believe this is among the most misrepresented scriptures in the Bible. We are not called to be pacifists or warmongers, peace-at-any-cost type individuals or live for the conflict. There is a truth in-between.
Love Fulfills the Law
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #1 • January 6, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Christians often struggle in their relationship with Old Testament Law. And when they hear Jesus’s explanation of what fulfilling the Law really looks like, they often feel it can’t be that simple. Can soul-saving appeasement of God Almighty be as simple as loving Him and loving people?
Freedom from Guilt and Shame
2018 Advent 5 • December 24, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
Guilt and shame must have been overwhelming as Eve held her dead son in her arms realizing they had brought sin into the world. It was another woman - Mary - who brought forth the child who would bear it all on the cross removing guilt and shame for those who believe.
A New Kind of Love
2018 Advent 4 • December 23, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
The world preaches a false gospel based on carnal love concepts like if you love someone, you will not say anything contrary to their chosen lifestyles or behavior. There is a healthy kind of love demonstrated by Jesus Christ that leads to real healing and wholeness. It is the most fulfilling type of love there is because it comes from the Creator of love. Many of you here today are battling through tough marriages, challenging child/parent relationships, tough friendships or work-related issues.
How to Find Joy
Advent 3 • December 16, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
Jesus showed us that joy is not a result of a geographical location, a set of ideal circumstances or the friends you surround yourself with. They can all influence your joy. Joy is attached to higher purposes lived out that come from God. When you find and commit to your higher purposes, you will find joy was there the whole time. Let’s look at another life … one that struggled to find joy.
Preparing Our Heart for the Prince of Peace
Advent 2 • December 9, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
On this second week of Advent, we lit the peace candle. When Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace came the first time, the way was prepared by John the Baptist. He instructed people to repent and be baptized to make their hearts ready for the Lord. He created a buzz throughout the land that prepared the climate to receive the Messiah. Today we are going to talk about preparing our hearts for the peace of God to have a firm hold.
How to Become Confidently Hopeful
Advent 1 • December 2, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
Everyone hopes for something. Some people’s hope is hanging by a thread while other’s hope seems to carry a lot more confidence. What is the difference and how can we get from lack of expectation to confident hope empowered by faith? Advent is the perfect time to strengthen our hope.
Grateful for the Sufficiency of Christ
2018 Gratitude Series #3 • November 18, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
The devil wants to make you feel isolated, to overwhelm you with thoughts of inadequacy and make you live in expectancy of impending doom. Yet, as disciples of Jesus, all the resources we need for victory in Christ are within us to draw upon. We just need someone to show us how.
Getting to Peace, Confidence and Joy
2018 Gratitude Series #2 • November 11, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
If you could sell peace, confidence and joy in a bottle, you could practically name your price. That is how badly the world craves what the Bible promises the disciple of Jesus Christ. Each disciple of Jesus Christ is instructed how to achieve this state-of-mind from the scriptures. If you want it, you can have it. It is the key to longevity and wellbeing.
Don't Eat The Forbidden Fruit
2018 Gratitude Series #1 • November 4, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
There are things in life that are appealing to us that are not ours to take. They seem good but are detrimental. Discerning the difference takes faith in God’s good intentions for us. Gratitude for what we have is the starting point of God’s blessings in our lives.
Church: What Is It Good For?
Sacred Living in a Secular World #6 • October 28, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
The church is not a building. It is a gathering. There is a biblical purpose for it and it should be something that makes us glad. The gladness of heart is not tied to the things that sometimes steal our joy. It is tied to the deeper understanding of relationship with Jesus Christ and other believers.